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

...choose the best windows and what to look for in window performance. Choosing triple pane windows instead of double pane windows costs a bit more up front but sa...

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

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...choose the best ones for different applications You will read in that article a bit more about the ‘thermal drift’ as the R value and thermal protection is re...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Compared to pre-fab wall assemblies - how does ICF Construction fare?

...choose a wall system for home construction Our prediction - and you heard it here first :)....the idea of raw materials such as 2x4s and insulation being deli...

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...choose closed-cell high-density foam for exterior walls. Not only does it keep air and moisture out, but it also makes the exterior walls more structurally soun...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...choose a slab on grade over a basement almost every time, and in most cases yes, a slab is cheaper in our experience. But that is partly due to the way we build...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...choose is proper installation to make sure it lasts. To that end, I would recommend reading about how to install siding so walls can dry , also read about the i...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What do you look for when buying an existing home to convert to a green home?

...choose which is best for homes That will give you an idea from the outset of what is repairable and what is not. Here are some other pages of value – Choosi...

Posted by Ismael Rumzan Nov. 30, 2021, 8:02 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...choose – How heat pumps work in LEED or Passive House high-efficiency zero net energy homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edel...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...choose to build with. I hope that helps, if you have more specific questions about anything in those pages don’t hesitate to ask.

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...choose a slab on grade instead of a basement when possible rather than building on helical piles. It is fairly common to find expansive soils such as leda cla...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Where can I find prefab kit houses in Wisconsin?

...choose from. It's not 2022 yet so don't give up hope, we should have something soon!

Posted by Heather Hussong Oct. 25, 2021, 10:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...choose the right materials since most paints will traps moisture, and in a cold climate like Chicago, the freeze / thaw cycle can cause them to crack. So insula...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...choose a wall assembly. I’m not sure if you’re removing the sheathing as well, or if it had any in the first place. To that end, you need to ensure the structur...

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

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

...Choose Eco-Friendly healthy, durable & Beautiful Floors Choosing non-toxic paint How to ensure clean air during home renovations

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

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...choose a wall system for home construction Tips for finding a reliable green home builder SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) can be a quicker build, but so ...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How thick should EPS foam insulation on basement walls be?

...choose. But if minimum 2 inches is what's suggested then that's what I'll go with. Thanks again! Happy to help Derrick. Worth considering is that if you are in ...

Posted by Derrick R March 17, 2021, 9:13 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

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

...choose the right products and install in them in the right place. We have a couple of pages that may help you choose the right sheathing, this one covers what...

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

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...Choose an insulation like mineral wool that is less susceptible to moisture damage. Be meticulous with your air barrier to limit the amount of humid air that ...

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