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

...choose (and recommend) EPS over XPS due to the fact that XPS has much higher greenhouse gas emissions than EPS. So if you are looking for suggestions we would s...

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

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...choose. How to choose Windows & Doors for performance and durability What's The Best Window Frame Material? Wood v Aluminum v Vinyl

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are environmentally friendly ground covers for retirement communities?

...choose a ground cover that makes sense in your climate zone is on this page here - Alternatives to Grass in Backyards, Eco-Friendly, Bee-friendly Let us know ...

Posted by Lester Helmeczi Aug. 12, 2021, 5:14 p.m. Landscaping 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...choose the added protection of a thicker membrane myself. And for installation, if you can, lay the barrier down BETWEEN layers of foam, that way you walk on it...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Do you have on a category on insulating vans?

...choose a wood-framed interior and spray foam. That would provide a high per-inch R value, but the air tightness an be affected as spray foam is not flexible onc...

Posted by chantal fortier April 14, 2019, 2:08 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Where can I find salt water batteries?

...choose an alternative. The latest solar home battery technologies If you are able to find another manufacturer by chance, please let us know as we would lov...

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Hello EcoHome I was wondering, do you offer your home kits to Massachusetts?

...choose from. Stay tuned, it shouldn't be long!

Posted by Kimberly Luce July 23, 2020, 7:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

What is the best material to build kitchen cabinets with?

...choose from. What material is best for a Non-toxic/Off-gas Countertop in your opinion? Here is our page about Kitchen Counter Options for Sustainable Green Ho...

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

how do I find a window/glass vendor who really understands passive solar houses?

...choose the best windows for High Performance Homes What's The Best Window Frame Material? The short summary of what we would be looking for when choosing wi...

Posted by Brigid O'Connor Oct. 23, 2021, 8:55 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

If cost was not a concern, what would you recommend is the best material (durable, high quality) to use for Water Resistive Barrier on top of Plywood? I have h...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...choose to use. Assuming you are in a cold climate, you would still need some sort of vapour control layer, and as for the air barrier, inside or outside does ...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...choose your materials carefully – natural insulation materials and non-toxic building materials protect indoor air quality , and will usually pollute less durin...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...choose the best rigid foam insulation . The most important thing to remember is that basement walls can’t dry to the outside the way above grade walls can, so y...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...choose the best windows for High Performance Homes

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...choose from. Does eco home have an architect to develop plans for a passive, off the grid home? I am interested in the style of the Edelweiss House. We could ...

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

What type of hrv system should I put in a 4 year old home?

...choose a brand, not to mention choosing between and HRV and ERV, (heat recovery and energy recovery ventilation) . Units will have an ‘efficiency’ rating, meani...

Posted by Ellen Murray Zappone Sept. 1, 2021, 4:35 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...choose products as well as how to finish your basement if you do decide to do some more work on it. Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in ...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Are saltwater home batteries availability in the USA?

...choose and properly size a solar home battery system

Posted by David Meckes April 11, 2020, 5:13 p.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses