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How do you determine the thickness of concrete for slab on grade construction?

How would you determine the thickness for a new construction of a slab on grade that will have only liquid forces acting down on it? I don’t know what you mean...

Posted by Ackeem Beason Feb. 16, 2021, 2:46 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

Our home was built in '45, most things updated in 60's/70's but with my health issues need to continue improving air quality- some return air/vents were comple...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 4 Responses

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...determine best way to insulate along studs in bunker and floor joists for temp and moisture insulation. I have to say you've got us a little stumped here with t...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...determine how much insualtion to use? EPS under slab and on side, dense pack cellulose in walls and loose pack cellulose in ceiling. Thanks. What you are referr...

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

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...determine the source of the problem, nor suggest how to prevent the problem. I am looking for a strategy to remediate the mould issue on the particle board. Tha...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...determine the requirements for horizontal insulation? Thanks so much in advance, appreciate you taking the time. You are right that heat escaping from the e...

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

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...determine that yourself. The building science basics video on this page is a good starting place to see how we came to settle on a wall design for a demo house ...

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

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...determine if the wall is dry or wet. If your basement has no exterior vapor or water protection (including a barrier between the footing and wall) then you are ...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...determine how big septic bed you need, and whether you can feed it from adjacent cottages. And conceptually speaking, given that you have 14 acres, is it safe...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

Do you have any framing schematics for an extensive green roof?

...determine anything structural, we can’t advise you because it would depend on your region. But we can help you with the steps, this is our page on green roof co...

Posted by Eric Anderson May 28, 2021, 12:53 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

How can we clear up green pool water after adding bog plants and lillies?

...determine which species of plants may be causing the problem or which species may alleviate it. Can you tell us where you are located? With that info we may be ...

Posted by Mercedes McCloughan June 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...determine if they are drifters or residents. it’s worth investigating closely to see if there is any moisture damage.

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...determine. As you saw in the video, we applied the primer to the sheathing with a roller in preparation of the peel and stick membrane.

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...determine the best amount of insulation to install. And to be sure I understand, it sounds like your preferred finish is to leave the rafters and bays between...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best heat pump hot water heater for an all electric house?

...determine if its really a wise investment for you that will offer a reasonable return on investment time period. Read more here about the hybrid heat pump water...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...determine. And lastly, about the ‘perimeter’ touching the ground, I’m not sure I fully understand so re-ask me the question with greater detail if I’m not follo...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...determine the R value and how it is affected, but at worst it will slow the delivery of heat slightly, but as long as you keep the house at a certain temperatur...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...determine if it is vented. Hi. The interior ceiling is the textured look (ie popcorn ceiling), so I assume it's on drywall. The interior beam is covered in a ve...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses