Choice / Discussions

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...choice), as well as at the bottom plate, around all your windows, and around any plumbing and ventilation openings. Over top of the exterior air barrier you c...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...choice for you; here is our page on choosing between an HRV and ERV The Edelweiss House (where we installed the mini-split heat pump for heating and cooling )...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...choice. The design and construction could still meet PH efficiency levels if you like but it would also ensure that it is inspected by an independent third part...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...choice but it is what I can afford. After this the heat crawl space will be encapsulated and more insulation added to existing. Any sugestions????? Cheers...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...choice for wood on top of a radiant heat source would be an FSC-certified, pre-finished engineered wood with low or zero VOCs.

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best type of heating system?

...choice in our opinion, see here the advantages of heating with electricity. Over 90% of energy in British Columbia comes from renewable resources, so heating ...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...choice between XPS and EP S , yes there is a difference in permeability , but not as much as you may think. At 2 inches thick, EPS is about 1 US perm which is t...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses