Choosing / Discussions

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

...Choosing between a slab and a basement Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such a detailed response. It helps! Since I posed my question I ...

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

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

...choosing safe paints, I hope one of those works out for you. Choosing non-toxic paint

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...choosing the right ventilation system would depend a lot on your climate zone. First I would recommend you look over this article about choosing between an HRV ...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 3 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

What is the best option for window replacement in a basement?

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 0 Responses

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

...choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace is essential for efficient & clean use (read more here) , as is choosing the right type of firewood for maxim...

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?

...choosing flooring materials, there are options such as cork or marmoleum, be sure to get a low or zero VOC adhesives such as Bostik GreenForce, building adhesiv...

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

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

...Choosing the right wood stove Off-grid living blog: heating systems Dear Emmanuel, Thanks for your 2018 post. As you'd suggested, I'm following up to see ...

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...choosing breathable weather barriers . Most specifically, read our guide page to find the best way of installing exterior insulation to the walls of homes her...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

I can find no information on this online and Blum seems to be vague about it also. Any assistance would be appreciated. That is a great question, and so far we...

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

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

I need a 3 or 4 zone ductless air source system in the 24,000 BTU range. Suggestions? When looking for a heat pump for a home, we would recommend checking th...

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

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...choosing windows This is great information and I appreciate the quick response to our questions. Thank you very much! Yes, we are located in south eastern Wis...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

Assuming the windows are appropriately facing south and the entire design is sound with thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon fill...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

I couldn't see the answer in a search - apologies if this has already been covered. If I know that at the winter solstice the sun will be at an elevation of ...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...Choosing an air purifier: Air purifiers are available at relatively low cost, but as is always the case, you get what you pay for. Buying the cheapest air pur...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

We are starting construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do you deal with a house under negative pressure?

...choosing or it will find one that is less favorable to you. A return air vent in the bedroom would be ideal, but short of that I would say a gap at the bottom o...

Posted by Connie Taylor April 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...Choosing Between OSB and Plywood Sheathing – How they Work Choosing a Home Wrap (or Weather Resistant Barrier / WRB) And our reluctance to give it a thumbs ...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

Our home was built in '45, most things updated in 60's/70's but with my health issues need to continue improving air quality- some return air/vents were comple...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses