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Do you have an Engineer directory for slab on grade designers?

Is there a list of engineers we can consult with regarding having our plans modified to a slab on grade (monolithic) foundation as most municipalities would re...

Posted by Paul Giusto Dec. 30, 2019, 8:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How can I solve a moisture problem in attic from 1941 home?

...engineer use of a small part of the attic for both storage and a human space, I would like to figure out how to do it and do it right so no moisture issues retu...

Posted by Rachel Katz June 8, 2019, 4:06 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...engineer you're looking for, and while we have a team here that deal with everything LEED & Passive House related, structural questions about foundations are ou...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...engineer based on the climate where it is to be built, the soil conditions of the building site, whether or not the building will be heated, and the weight of t...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...engineer for any such matters, but that shouldn't be a problem at all. Installing tubing for a ground source heat pump (GSHP) under slab on grade foundations as...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...engineer, ideally a geotechnical engineer. In general terms and as a point of reference only - our experience with slabs in Canada is that R20 like you descri...

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

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...engineer.

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...engineer or designer and that is going to mean footings made of concrete. One downside on that front is the bales are 3 times as wide, so you will be using a lo...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...engineer or at least an experienced foundation contractor) inspect it first is a good idea to make sure you do it properly. That said, here are a few other page...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...engineer to avoid frost heave, shifting or cracking, and to make sure that the soil conditions are appropriate for a slab Make sure to install a sufficient am...

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

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...engineer. This isn't a ‘do it yourself’ kind of thing, nor is it something you want to have designed by an installer who may have an interest in selling you a...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...engineer, but you likely would be able to build up. Assuming soil conditions allow for it, you would simply need to add the desired amount of compactable fill t...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...engineer who can factor in your specific climate conditions to make sure you have a wall suited to your region. Moving now to the inside – all your wiring can...

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

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...engineer and build it yourself (with your army of helpers) Keep in mind, depending on site conditions an soft costs such as engineering and permitting, one isn...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...engineer. A heated building in a climate like Toronto often doesn’t really need a skirt to prevent frost heave, but typically a designer or engineer that does...

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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...engineer to make sure that the foundation is solid as well as the framed load-bearing walls before you make any modifications. As for spray foam, there are two ...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...engineer, someone who can give you a well-informed but unbiased opinion about how you are best to proceed. I can say that in general that a block foundation i...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...engineer of course so you’d need to go with whatever they recommend, but there are a couple of ways you could go about it. I think what you may be referring t...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses