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 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

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

Preferred lumber type for framing. DF or YP

I have a 4 story apartment to frame. Is one type of wood any better than another? Say, southern yellow pine, vs. douglas fur, or any other options. Choosing th...

Posted by Mike Thompson April 17, 2021, 12:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Should I get an HRV or an ERV?

...choosing – Choose between an HRV and ERV, which is best for cold climates Ottawa is a humid climate, and can even be so in winter, so you may be best with a...

Posted by RUPINDER ARORA March 12, 2021, 10:23 a.m. HRV and ERV 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

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 ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...Choosing Insulation which will give you many options, and here you can check out Rockwool Insulation and this page here is about Choosing Exteior Siding and Cla...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...Choosing Between an HRV and an ERV . As for brands, we have used Van EE, Venmar, Lifebreath, Zehnder and other brands in our builds, we even used this system ...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

...Choosing the right insulation for a portion of your home is very important since all materials have different characteristics and different ideal applications ....

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

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...Choosing safe paints and finishes Choosing eco-friendly sustainable counter tops Healthy home cleaning products

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Has anyone used Lunos Ductless HRVs in Alberta and passed inspection?

The home inspector is looking up if anybody in Alberta has used lunos and passed inspection. We don't know of anyone that has used them in Alberta unfortunatel...

Posted by Michelle Dimaano Nov. 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

...choosing exterior siding for options . If you never want to go there again, you may need to lean towards metal, or maybe brick or stucco. Most wood products wou...

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What's the difference between EPS and GPS insulation?

...choosing the best rigid foam insulation where we talk about the charateristics and best applications of different foam products.

Posted by Ronald Tetrault Feb. 3, 2021, 5:22 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...Choosing the best minisplit heat pump for efficient heating and cooling Technology changes fast, and we aren’t married to any particular brands no matter what...

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