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How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...choose the polyiso, is it the higher R value? Have you considered EPS panels?

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Where do you install a weeping tile with a high water table?

...choose a slab on grade instead of a basement if your plans are already done, this is just an alternative way to build a basement where the entire slab is poured...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian June 11, 2020, 11:54 p.m. Foundations and Basements 3 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...choose a good wall system. I hope those pages help, have a read and feel free to pop up a follow up question if it isn't all clear.

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...choose a heat pump see this page . I would point out that for Manitoba, Canada you would want a heat pump with as low as possible of an operating temperature. I...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...choose. 5 – Location affects cost: Labour rates are very different when you build in downtown Toronto or Vancouver for example, than when you build out of exp...

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

Should an HRV to ERV be the primary exhaust for bathrooms?

Our house was build in 1990 1340 sq ft, and originally installed with an HRV that was also the primary exhaust for the 2 bathrooms and an additional exhaust ve...

Posted by Doris Friesen Dec. 30, 2020, 1:10 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How much window area can i have in passive house?

...choose the best windows for High Performance Homes As an example of how the total window surface area and quality of windows affects design, here is an exampl...

Posted by tony wolff March 4, 2021, 9:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

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

We are looking to build an approximately 30x30 small 2 story single pitch home, with a budget of approx $200,000 in Edelweiss, QC - where do we start? We are...

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

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...choose the best firewood and store it properly . I hope this info is helpful! Very helpful. Thanks so much! :)

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

What is the best heating system to upgrade a 100 year old building?

...choose a heating system, I have a few questions about the building itself. What type of building is this, how big is it, and are the walls made of stone? Are th...

Posted by Rachel Codd Oct. 25, 2021, 3:52 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...choose a material that isn’t impacted by radiant floors if you have them. If you choose wood flooring, we recommend using a natural non-toxic wood finishing oil...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...Choose . For what it's worth, I have FSC painted wood on my house, which will require a coat of paint in the next 10 years or so, and if I could do it over agai...

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

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...choose between them. And if you have very high levels of radon in the air or water of your home, addressing that would be my number one air quality priority. An...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 5 Responses

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...choose - How to choose between an HRV and ERV And we're happy to help a bit more if that doesn't answer all your questions, can you let us know where are yo...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...choose one that lets moisture escape such as Certainteed breathable vapor barriers . See our page on how to build basements so they won't develop mold here . ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...choose, a timber frame house can sometimes be a bit of overkill in structure, particularly if you frame walls within it, then it can in a way become something o...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do I find a reliable house inspector in Ottawa, Ontario?

...choose wisely. One of the best ways to choose any kind of contractor is to get referrals from friends, family members and colleagues. They will more than likely...

Posted by Christa Mooney April 3, 2021, 1:17 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...choose between, that is either hydronic (liquid), electric wires, or air-heated floors. The only way the wall system becomes a factor is in its R value and airt...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses