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How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...choose between a slab on grade and a basement However, is your lot sloped in a way that creating a flat surface for a slab is a problem? If so, the Legalett p...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...choose healthy building materials such as zero VOC paints and finishes, formaldehyde-free plywood for cabinetry, recycled quartz counters etc. If you have che...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

I keep seeing the options out there as pad, crawlspace, and basement. I live near a river, so maybe I'm wrong, but a basement seems like it's gonna be a consta...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

I have old windows that need to be replaced, I’m just not sure how to choose between triple or double pane, low e, or the ones with gas inside them. Any advice...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...choose the best type of insulation (both underlay and overlay of the electric heating system). My main concerns and fire and offgassing. (ie; which insulation w...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...choose a coating designed for the northern climate. (I am in Ontario 44 degrees north). My application would have 5x5 ft fixed windows with 5x2 foot awning styl...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...choose the wrong one, which do you recommend and how much will I need? Thanks, Michael. When I drive by houses doing exactly what you are planning, sometimes I ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...choose the ZEHNDER vs. Broan? This is a new construction build that will be energy star certified. Choosing the best air exchanger for a home starts with choo...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...choose. But do you think that I should close in my skylights and replace them with tubes? Or are there newer skylight models that can mitigate the heat and cond...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...choose an HRV or ERV unit for our cold / hot climate? How do you recommend we size the HRV or ERV? Which brands do you have experience of/ would you recommend...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What type of HRV ventilation system should I use?

So I have a 7 1/2 ton unit I am installing in a commercial doctors office they have a surgery room that needs 20 cycles of fresh air per hour what type of reco...

Posted by Erik Baardsen March 16, 2021, 7:14 p.m. HRV and ERV 0 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...Choose Which is Best If you decide to tear it down, prefab kit houses are a great idea, you can see our models here if you haven’t already – LEED and Passiv...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Should I get an HRV or an ERV?

...Choose between an HRV and ERV, which is best for cold climates Ottawa is a humid climate, and can even be so in winter, so you may be best with an HRV, but re...

Posted by RUPINDER ARORA March 12, 2021, 10:23 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...Choose a suitable lot to build a home with consideration put towards soil quality, water tables, emergency service access, and close enough to a community so yo...

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

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...choose from. Probably one of the more common types of insulation used for flat roofs is rigid polyiso boards, but that has not turned out to be as excellent as ...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

I took off the trim around a sliding door during the summer in search of a pesky cricket, I found the cricket but I also found big gaps between window and fram...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...choose, extra R value beyond building code is always a good thing. A very common mistake among homeowners and builders is not thinking about the long game and t...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Is there a 1500 sq ft eco-type home for Oro Medonte area in Ontario?.

...choose from soon, but demand is pretty high. You probably saw this but here are our kit models, I would suggest you sign up to get a prefab house quote on the b...

Posted by Sean H March 17, 2021, 10:12 p.m. Architecture and plan design 2 Responses