Choosing the best / Discussions

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...Choosing the best rigid insulation , you may also want to check out this page about choosing the right weather barrier and How to install siding so walls ca...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...the best roof material to use? Here is our page on choosing the best roofing materials , have a look there and you may find all the answers you need. Once you...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...Choosing the right heat recovery ventilator should be based on the following criteria: Unit size according to the air volume of the house that will have to ...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...the things you want to consider of course start with aesthetics so that you will actually like your floor, other considerations are choosing sustainable materia...

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

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...the LEED Platinum prefab kit house here . I would also suggest you go through our building guide as you will find a lot of pages on choosing the best insulation...

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

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

...the best performance from your windows and to reduce thermal bridging through the rough opening, they are best set inside a bit. You can see a thermal image of ...

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

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...the woods, but rather a large comfortable home. Here are a few pages that may help you along the way Choosing Solar Panels Choosing the Best Woodstove P...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...the best brand for ductless mini-split? I heard good reviews for Mitsubishi Electric and Fujitsu. Any recommendations? Our recommendation to find the best ductl...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 Responses

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

...ther. Heat pumps are the most efficient heating system, and performance is improving all the time. If you find another manufacturer or model you like better, pl...

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

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...the page you really need to read though, all about the various options for exterior rigid insulation so you know the characteristics of each – Choosing the be...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

...the pros and cons and applications, so start here – Choosing the best type of insulation We often recommend blown in cellulose insulation for attics , or bl...

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...ther than 'Celcius' means likely the US, and choosing the right ventilation system would depend a lot on your climate zone. First I would recommend you look ove...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...the best heating systems for new builds. Choosing the best heating system for a home depends on a lot of factors, and probably the most important is location....

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

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...the attic. I wanted to find out where to start, eg. should I seal the house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and i...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

...ther readers - The Materials Red List refers to the most harmful building materials on the market as laid out by the International Living Future Institute; mate...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...then pack with cellulose. Thing is, the yard also proposed local sawn 2x4's which are cheaper than the CLS but I don't know whether these are going to be ok for...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...them properly there would be no air leakage. And yes, you are correct that the chimney section that passes through the roof will constitute one of the weaker po...

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

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...the exterior of buildings is EPS foam, there are options but EPS would be the easiest go-to, and more easily accessible, read more here about choosing the best ...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses