Construction cost / Discussions

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

...costs as well as the cost of installing solar panels in your region. Here are the top questions to ask a solar contractor before signing a contract . Geotherm...

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

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovation at college (at age 47) which covers sustainable construction. I liked the earthship idea but...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...cost? We have a ton of trees around the house so there is virtually no solar gain through the windows ever. The big benefit with shutters is that I could clos...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...cost associated with a house-wrap. However I am unable to locate any retail sources in Ontario or any information on the real-world experience of installing a...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

What is the most cost effective way to build a rain screen wall assembly?

We are trying to make the most cost effective eco wall for our projects here in zone 6 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. We are recycling buildings and recon...

Posted by Jess Glowacki June 22, 2021, 7:55 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...cost per square foot? I plan to have it built by a contractor, not do it myself. The cost will depend a lot on design, performance and material selection, but m...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What's cheaper for total building costs, slab on grade or basement?

...cost of building stairs. Basically its like this – complexity costs money. The more simple you design it the cheaper it will be, and slabs are more simple than ...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 24, 2020, 3:09 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...cost in undertaking geothermal may have a very poor ROI. With that said there are significant Grant's and tax savings that can cut the cost of geothermal by nea...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...cost. And if i can have all my water and pluming in the floor with my heating system and can place the massive walls on the system to because of the weight of t...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...cost? Any specific product recommendations? Beyond the environmental benefits of a better insulated house in terms of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...cost effective? Also, if we heated the space with a mini split heat pump and insulated beneath the slab would the floor be warm? Installing radiant heat in a co...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...cost the same as R24, may as well enjoy the ROI. I was going to clad the interior with 1/2 ply, primed and painted, but then material in this area tripled in pr...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Insulation on interior or exterior of frost wall - or both - for floating slab?

...construction, is not having a completely seamless waterproof layer separating concrete from the ground so it dries out, or separating wet concrete from home int...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy Oct. 4, 2021, 9:20 a.m. Slab on Grade 5 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...cost and longevity during the ownership of the house. Basement space is a nice to have but not a must if that significantly helps reduce build cost. I have re...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...construction so have time to modify the design. 1) Do you recommend installing one? 2) If so, any tips on how to go about it? or particular brands/systems you'd...

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

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...construction details and code guidelines? An Earthship does not work well in a cold climate . They lack a few key components to be considered an ‘eco friendly’,...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...cost for very little benefit. Here is a page that cover that very topic, have a look - Crawlspaces or Slab Foundations Better - which is Better for Cost and D...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...cost was higher. What would be some alternatives given the narrator's comment that ''there are other ways to do this''? Cellulose is a fine insulation, we recen...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses