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 2 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 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 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 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 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

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...Choosing the right windows How to install windows properly

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

...choosing a wood type, it is about Installing Wood Ceilings & Cost compared to Drywall . You will see several types of wood, I think the lightest may be birch or...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...choosing your windows and ventilation system. Good luck! Choosing the right windows Thermal breaks in wall assemblies Choosing between ERVs and HRVs ...

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

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...choosing the right wood for framing and they suggested framing a house with rough sawn lumber ? How big is this lumber yard? Clearly you weren’t at Lowes or Hom...

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

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

...Choosing the right wood stove Off-grid living blog: heating systems

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 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 would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

I currently heat my house with electric radiators but I find it very unbalanced, some spots are too hot and some too cold. Is there any system I can install th...

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

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

...Choosing the best exterior cladding

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

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

Eight years after our house was built, we noticed that the MDF baseboards in our finished basement became discoloured and swollen from potential moisture. We r...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

I'm evaluating several wall construction methods like ICF, Double stud wall, and pre-built wall assemblies. What can you tell me about your experience with pre...

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