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Is it a good or bad idea to spray foam directly on the interior of shiplap siding?

...to improve energy efficiency, you have to make sure walls can dry. Applying spray foam directly to the back siding of your cladding doesn’t sound like a good id...

Posted by MITCHELL KOCH Aug. 21, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...to Install two inches of rigid insulation board directly against concrete. A mold expert told me to put the board on top of the framing, not directly onto the c...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...to a radiant heating system that is built directly into the slab? Radiant heating is very comfortable , and there are really only minimal differences between th...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

...directly into the studs, but they still go directly into the first layer of strapping which is itself directly screwed into the studs. So there is still some th...

Posted by David Pantalone Feb. 9, 2020, 4:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...to me over time behind the eps will be wet as this moisture has nowhere to go? I have also read attach it directly to the concrete with no air gap, lately I'm...

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

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...Toronto. We had some water issues and I've opened up the walls where I found some mould to see that the previous owners installed batt insulation directly onto ...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...to remove aluminum siding. Apply a "Tyvek" wrap, fasten 1.5" rigid to the studs. Then apply a royal building (brand) vinyl siding directly on top of the rigid i...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...to screw piles to begin with to carry such a heavy load as a slab on concrete not to mention the house, and you are left with a house that sort of falls short o...

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...to discuss. Take care Deciding when to tear down a house and when to renovate and repair is always a tough decision, we actually have a page about that whole ...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...to that of the hood. Until you take steps to mitigate the influx of flue gasses, we would advise you to limit the use of your stove hood, or at the very least...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...tor toured my 100-year old house near Toronto and told me that they wouldn't recommend installing any insulation in the basement because it could cause freeze-t...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...tor has pitched you the idea then they obiously have a plan on how to carry it out, so I would propose you speak to them to find out what they have in mind, and...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...to stop the block from freezing and thawing? We have funds at the moment but don't want to pour a ton of money into it. I'm just trying to prevent any further d...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

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

...to go full-on passive, but I believe I can convince them to put money into the house early if it will pay off. In other words, I'm happy to spend $50,000 today ...

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

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...to check. This particular wall is not buried fully like the rest (due to slope of property) and it is exposed to the outside temps top to bottom from the outsid...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...to the point where you aren’t even using it as living space? Eventually though, as you seem to know, you will need to do a full renovation and remove all the ...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...tom horizontal 2X4. Is it just some kind of foam? - Are you not supposed to attach the drywall directly to the 2x4s? The rectangles with 'X's in them directly...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...to solar collection potential). Am I crazy? Brian We haven't seen any great results when trying to marry solar air heaters to an HRV . To achieve a similar re...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses