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Where can I sell windows- Brand New, unopened?

...find that market place - Where to buy and sell used building materials

Posted by Michael Parnell Sept. 9, 2020, 9:52 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

How do you deal with a house under negative pressure?

...find out when the last time the ducts were cleaned and check the filters. Here is our page on balancing air pressure in a home - House Air Tightness - Why Bal...

Posted by Connie Taylor April 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...find out how much energy you consume you could start with energy modelling and a blower door test. And about your basement - see this page on why basements are ...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...find your climate zone . You didn’t mention insulation, is there any? Your use of a ‘U’ in the word ‘vapour’ suggests you may be in Canada, if so, you would be ...

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

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

...find any literature online about it. Skirt insulation is not something that is commonly done with basements so I'm not surprised you didn't find much informati...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...find is the hypothenuse , so if you can’t find your high school trigonometry text book you can use an online calculator , but this does require inputting the co...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

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

...find its way to the air. So don’t concern yourself worrying about a lack of efficiency as some installers suggest, the heat will get there eventually. If you’re...

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

Rain being drawn through windows on new build.

...find the problem, you could do a blower door test to find leaks in the building envelope . Blower door testing intentionally depressurizes a home for the expres...

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

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...find most builders will tell you to assume between 200 and 250 per square foot to build a home, though if you do a lof it yourself then you can save quite a bit...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...find it to actually be the worst. Have a read here for more on why we dislike them – Slab on grade or crawl space, which is better? Secondly, the cons you l...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...find a Legalett dealer here , there are no other commercial suppliers of air heated floors anywhere in North America that we have heard of. Great question Mike....

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 6 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...find all you need, drop us another question here. I am planning on building on east coast in the future and I will be getting my plans from Passive Design in ...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...find another manufacturer or model you like better, please let us know about it!

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How to improve the water quality in my old Mobile home?

...find alongside a high level of sulfur. But a word of caution here – there is no shortage of hocus pocus water treatment products that make great claims but do...

Posted by Ann Meacham Nov. 26, 2020, 7:17 p.m. Drinking water and treatment 1 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...find a lot of pages on choosing the best insulation and how to make a house airtight . Things to consider for sustainable home design go beyond just the perform...

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

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...find expansive soils such as leda clay in the Bas Saint Laurent region so I’m wondering if that was what steered you in the direction of building a home on pile...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...find that the floor is a little spongy if it rests on foam only. Alternatively, I would suggest maybe you lay down some sleepers (2x4 or2x3) and insulate betwee...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...find out their basements are rotting many years after they've been finished. We can help you with whatever steps you take moving forward, so feel free to send...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 42 Responses