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How do I find a qualified Passive House builder?

...choose someone. How to find quality green home builders near you Are you looking just to build using the principles and performance targets of Passive House...

Posted by Kyle Burgmeier Feb. 18, 2021, 8:25 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

What are the best Wall and Roof insulation choices and rain screen?

I am doing renovation and addition to the house and trying to make it as airtight as possible. After reading through multiple articles and your responses I was...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman March 15, 2021, 3:32 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 Responses

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

...choose LED lights for energy savings . LEDs are very affordable now with a lot of options, see our page on LED filament bulbs Efficient appliances – yes, it i...

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

Which house wrap is best?

...choose. The best weather barrier in the world won’t help if you pop a thousand holes in it! We have a DIY green home building video series on our YouTube channe...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Is there a 1200 sq ft Prefab Eco home for 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 Anne Stevens March 17, 2021, 8:52 a.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

...choose a slab instead of a basement to avoid flooding , make sure it is well-insulated regardless of whether you are in a heating or cooling dominated climate, ...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Our 20 year old Venmar air exchange machine broke

...choose between an HRV and ERV for home ventilation . Best of luck, we hope you can resolve this and regain your health.

Posted by Julie Levy Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How much space is needed to build a single level 3 room 750 sq foot home?

...choose a building lot That will give you a lot of ideas of what to look for in a building site in order to avoid costly surprises in the process of your build...

Posted by Gillian Batcher Sept. 18, 2021, 10:56 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What type of insulation is best for coach house?

...choose that differs depending on the size of the home. We would suggest you air for materials that are sustainable, durable, and non-toxic to the occupants of...

Posted by morwarid safa Sept. 24, 2021, 2:23 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...choose the best insulation ) You would then need to add sheathing and a drainage plane, then the strapping and metal. here is our page about How to choose Rat...

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

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...choose the right insulation for your needs as well as determine the right amount of insulation for energy efficiency . Finding the best insulation really depend...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...choose from: If you have a 2x6 wall and don’t want to lose any interior space, I would recommend spray foam, it has the highest per-inch R value. If you have ...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...choose the best rigid insulation board.

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

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...choose the best products. Does that help or answer your questions?

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...choose the best way forward from this point, but we will need more information, so here are some questions - Where are you located? (Closest city or climate z...

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

With an ICF built frost wall can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...choose materials that were safe for install on a heated slab on grade floor. After 5 years of use, the floor still looks great overall, but there are spots th...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 3 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...choose to do it. Hi Mike, I just your reply I had no notification you did so. I see your point here and yes its more to work outside for a few hours, kids d...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...choose a spray foam with more climate friendly blowing agents- read more here . There are a few companies that have switched to much less harmful blowing agents...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses