Engineered / Discussions

Can these homes be built on screwpiles as an alternative to slab foundations?

...engineered to support the load of houses etc. Assuming we had engineered plans and the proper load points would it be possible to out one of the prefab homes ...

Posted by Mark Pospisil July 28, 2020, 9:41 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...engineered studs/joists (LVL or LSL)? Assuming the engineered lumber has greater strength and depth spans, does this offset the higher embodied energy to produc...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...engineered wood, any particular brand? Also for kitchen and bathroom floor, what do you recommend to use tile, travertine, marble? There are a few things to con...

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

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...Engineered flooring installtion -- With the radon issue in mind, which is the best apprach to installing engineered hardwood -- glue-down or float? (The slab is...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate exterior walls of a mid-70's Pioneer Log home?

...engineered. Should we use a foam insulation or could that lead to vapour issues? Thanks!!

Posted by Keith McDevitt Nov. 15, 2020, 12:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...engineered to be finite to our needs and with little room for error. As the climate has a huge swing in temperature (60 degrees F) this also alters the humidi...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...engineered floor but overall we are satisfied. See our page here on choosing the best flooring for alternatives. There are al types of engineered floors such as...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

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

...engineered hardwood for added durability. Some bamboo or cork flooring materials are also suitable. Be conscious of the chemical make-up of the finish, heating ...

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

Can you leave a Legalett slab in winter in Canada without the heat on?

...engineered using regional climate data, and they can be designed to be left at various operating temperatures, so I would for sure recommend them if you plan to...

Posted by Gamog Cladhaire April 29, 2021, 9:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...engineered insulated slab form kit - (see details here)

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

Is it possible to do a mono pour if you have a covered porch?

...engineered by Legalett that provides slab on grade kits , so if you aren’t able to find an engineer to design one to meet your specifications you could check wi...

Posted by Frank Gascon Aug. 10, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...engineered greywater system specifically designed for tiny houses and RVs. For more design and building tips see this page - How to build a tiny house for col...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

...engineered wood and not solid wood, as solid wood will be at a much higher risk of cupping or warping due to any moisture left in the slab. Just be sure to chec...

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...engineered icf slab on grade forming kit (with optional air heating) could accomodate the footings for poles, I'm not certain - so I'd suggest asking the friend...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...engineered to spread the weight evenly , so the are much more solid and not prone to structural cracking like standard concrete slab floors. So, you could pour ...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

...engineered raft slab on grade kits with air heated floors is Legalett , the serve most of North America and certainly Quebec, they designed our solar air heated...

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...engineered raft slabs (frost-protected shallow foundation slab on grade) . They are available across North America. Where are you located?

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