Durability / Discussions

Alternativ for Garage Epoxy - Considering both look & economically?

...durability .Thank you A great alternative to Epoxy for a concrete floor sealer that is non-toxic and durable would be silicate densifier sealers, see more here ...

Posted by Kamatchi Kavi Feb. 21, 2021, 7:58 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 4 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...durability and thermal mass. We are planning to utilize a Sanden air-to-water heat pump for domestic hot water and hydronic heat. I'm inclined to have the hydro...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...durability measures. Hope that helps, here are a few reference pages that you may want to check out: Stormwater management Slab on grade LEED durabili...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...durability. High-density foam is ideal for exterior walls. Besides the added strength and protection it brings, there are other ahrefs= https //www.windsorspray...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...durability since both those areas are more prone to having standing water than in living areas. Here is our page about choosing flooring to see the options- H...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...durability issues often arise, along with higher energy bills. The net result of a skylight can be nicer brighter room, but it inevitably comes with additional ...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...durability into consideration when designing. You do live in a more humid climate so building a house without mold takes more thought, but don’t let one wall fa...

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

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...durability and stopping heat loss , and if you have a foil barrier you could lay it right on top. I just don’t imagine the foil will do much for stopping air le...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

I'm planning a remodel and addition project and opening up all walls, replacing plumbing lines. Contractor says no insulation is required for building plumbing...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...Durability etc. Hi there Babak, I think the choice between a plastic material and copper is a very personal one, they both have advantages and disadvantages -...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...durability, if you do need to walk on it on occasion it will be less likely to get damaged. Here are a couple of other relevant pages you may want to check ou...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

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

...durability. Some bamboo or cork flooring materials are also suitable. Be conscious of the chemical make-up of the finish, heating wood with VOCs increases the r...

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

What is the best way to insulate a crawl space?

...durability, healthy air quality and energy efficiency is to cover the dirt with a membrane to keep moisture in the ground.

Posted by Murray Kipp Sept. 17, 2021, 7:35 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Rain being drawn through windows on new build.

...durability There you will see a window installed in a way that it would be extremly unlikely for water to penetrate. There is far more room for error when it ...

Posted by Kylie Bonavia Oct. 1, 2021, 8:27 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...durability, air quality, maintenance, etc). Building basements properly is more expensive than the way most basements are built (ie: doomed to fail) so the pr...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...durability . If walls are not built with airtightness and an ability to dry, they are at a far greater risk of developing mold and they will not perform as well...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...durability, but it can pose problems with things like wood stoves or exhaust fans that depressurize the home. We can’t advise you too much on anything related t...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

how do I find a window/glass vendor who really understands passive solar houses?

...durability and efficiency is installation, there are a lot of common and unnecessary mistakes that we regularly see builders make, so be aware of air leakage an...

Posted by Brigid O'Connor Oct. 23, 2021, 8:55 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses