Choosing a building lot / Discussions

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

...allation for efficiency and durability is a lot about stopping air leaks and preventing water leaks. That means air seals around the exterior of windows and slo...

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

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...a full basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint as a slab, and half basement? Thanks Shaun That is a common question, and a hot...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...able to achieve the ideal performance goals. There's a catch 22 for ya! And we have exactly the place for you to start, it's a Passive House that I was involved...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...anels . There are also companies that will take your building plans and create walls to match that can be delivered and assembled, that can be a great option as...

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

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...Air leakage is another issue that will make a home feel drafty and cool, particularly away from radiators. But to get back to you actual question - • Radian...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What is the best type of heating system?

...anada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest are a mix of wood, pellets, oil and propane , and a very small am...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...at you mean by a ‘second ground loop’ after the system but I’ll take a shot at an explanation anyway. The intake and exhaust direction never change, so what lea...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...a -40 Saskatchewan winter day. I am a journeyman carpenter in the residential sector, although i am from Australia so all this debate about vapour barrier, insu...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

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

...Absolutely, make a home as well-sealed as you can and let your ventilation equipment do their job. A poor air barrier and lots of air leakage can account for 1/...

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

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

...ass insulation was also AGAINST concrete wall R12 with a stud wall of 2 by 3 and it also had damp spots and mold, it was useless. I placed 3 inches against that...

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

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

...an save a lot on labor by not having to install a house wrap. Checking the company spec sheets for air and vapor permeance as well as thermal performance is a...

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

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...ace a foundation will probably save you a lot of money by avoiding (or at least greatly reducing) the cost of excavation. It can also give you an advantage in f...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...a home building lot How to build a passive solar home How to build a slab on grade Choosing the best home insulation That’s a start to a few pages tha...

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

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or big one?

...as not cheap) and it only lasted about 3 years until a coil burnt out and I had to switch it out for a standard water heater. Here are our pages about home wa...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...building a house in Atlin, BC (zone 3), and was hoping to have a wood stove as back up heat for my hydronic slab on grade in addition to the aethstetics and com...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

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

...are a number of pages you can find at this search link all about protecting indoor air quality in a home , but below are a few pages in particular that may help...

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

How you vent a metal roof?

...am panels Drainage plane membrane Vertical strapping (for air space) Horizontal strapping (To accommodate metal roofing) Metal roofing. Any alternat...

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

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...ab floor. Solar air heating panels are a lot less hassle and risk than solar water heating panels, and a lot more affordable than photovoltaic solar panels. We ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses