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How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...ancially, and would weather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovation at college (at age 47) which covers su...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...allation for efficiency and durability is a lot about stopping air leaks and preventing water leaks. That means air seals around the exterior of windows and slo...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...anels . There are also companies that will take your building plans and create walls to match that can be delivered and assembled, that can be a great option as...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...an to have AC and keep your house very cool then upgrading to a ‘smart’ membrane is good idea. They are more breathable than standard 6 mil poly vapour barriers...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...a full basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint as a slab, and half basement? Thanks Shaun That is a common question, and a hot...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...And here is a page about slab on grade premade form kits , this is by a company called Legalett that provides slab on grade kits that mean you can stop scratchi...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...as a feature that may be of interest, we installed a solar air heated floor . That way a large portion of your heating demand could be provided by a small solar...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...allow foundation) is a more affordable way to start a house than a basement. 4 – Material selection affects cost: for example - you can spend a thousand dolla...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...an save a lot on labor by not having to install a house wrap. Checking the company spec sheets for air and vapor permeance as well as thermal performance is a...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

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

...ass insulation was also AGAINST concrete wall R12 with a stud wall of 2 by 3 and it also had damp spots and mold, it was useless. I placed 3 inches against that...

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

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...are a few pages I would recommend as a starting place. What to look for in a home building lot How to build a passive solar home How to build a slab on ...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...ation walls. Building a basement properly in Southern California is a lot easier than in cold and humid climates, so that is a big advantage for you there as yo...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Absolutely, make a home as well-sealed as you can and let your ventilation equipment do their job. A poor air barrier and lots of air leakage can account for 1/...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...al 'heating concept' for Earthships in Canada, the Earthship organization, as near as we can tell, still clings to the delusion that an Eartship stays warm in a...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...am panels Drainage plane membrane Vertical strapping (for air space) Horizontal strapping (To accommodate metal roofing) Metal roofing. Any alternat...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...are a number of pages you can find at this search link all about protecting indoor air quality in a home , but below are a few pages in particular that may help...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...ar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I can get friends and family on b...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Is it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...ainly benefit from a bit more than an inch at R4. And I say that largely because its a lot of effort to remove and replace siding to insulate and seems a wast...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses