Climate specific building / Discussions

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

...climate with any less than four inches of foam insulation. Six inches and sometimes more, depending on your specific climate, would save you energy and money in...

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

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...specific climate conditions to make sure you have a wall suited to your region. Moving now to the inside – all your wiring can be done in the stud wall, and y...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...building materials , but first let’s start with the right amount of insulation . Can you tell us what climate zone you are building in, or simply what area plea...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...climate so building a house without mold takes more thought, but don’t let one wall failure get you too distressed. So, starting with the micro-climate - The ...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...specific climate by an engineer, ideally a geotechnical engineer. In general terms and as a point of reference only - our experience with slabs in Canada is t...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...specific climate. So something may be buggy if you’re finding yourself too cold now with LED bulbs. But as for your original question, we’d need more details....

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

I have a 1500 sq ft home just north of Toronto, Ontario. I recently installed a cold climate air source heat pump furnace. I am getting confliciting informatio...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...building basements properly in new homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some mo...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...climate and how well the slab is insulated. That is one advantage to the Legalett system, each slab is designed to meet the needs of it's specific climate ( her...

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