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

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...choosing a slab on grade is to save some money. Thoughts? A slab on grade home is in our experience the cheapest way to get started on a very durable and ener...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...choosing architects and contractors. I don't think I can convince my partner to go full-on passive, but I believe I can convince them to put money into the hous...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 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 2 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

What is the best material for flooring?

...choosing flooring for a home , and as you mention, we have often chosen different materials for bathrooms or kitchens to improve durability since both those are...

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

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

...Choosing Solar Panels Choosing the Best Woodstove Pellet stoves for off grid heating that don’t need electricity

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

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

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...Choosing the best exterior rigid insulation for renovating old home exteriors Choosing insulation that won’t trap moisture is important, and after than be sur...

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

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

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 do you think about SIP framing system?

...Choosing between a slab on grade and a basement foundation And remember that bigger isn’t always better. A bigger house costs more to design, more to build, m...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...Choosing the best air exchanger for a home starts with choosing between an HRV and and ERV (Heat Recovery Ventilation and Energy Recovery Ventilation), but it s...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...Choosing triple pane windows instead of double pane windows costs a bit more up front but saves money in the long run, but they also lead to greater thermal com...

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

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...choosing the best insulation and how to make a house airtight . Things to consider for sustainable home design go beyond just the performance of a particular in...

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