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How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...find local builders, but some of our prefab kit houses are Passive House ready, and they are usually more affordable than site-built houses, so that is a potent...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...finding windows that suit your climate, find out which climate zone you live in here. Other than that I would recommend reading over the following pages that wi...

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...find all the answers you need. Once you know the options from that page we can help you c hoose the best roof covering , but that depends on a few things - Wher...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Does strapping’s nailing jeopardize membrane integrity?

...find additional leaks you could do a blower door test, which depressurizes the home and helps you find air leaks as you can feel air coming in though them. An...

Posted by GUY DUPONT Nov. 26, 2021, 11:12 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...find permeability rates listed on the manufacturers website specs pages. Simply for good measure we would recommend getting the most vapor permeable weather bar...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...find the floor rather spongy.

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can I use straw bale sips on the exterior of a shipping container home?

...Find your climate zone here .

Posted by Chelsea Teresak Nov. 28, 2020, 9:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold under flooring of a house on concrete slab?

...find all you need about slab on grade insulation and vapor protection. Hello and thanks for responding to my question. The house is not yet started and will be ...

Posted by Linds Cullen Dec. 31, 2020, 4:11 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How much space is needed to build a single level 3 room 750 sq foot home?

...find a specific model you’d like we could get that for you. I would suggest you start on this page here – How to choose a building lot That will give you a ...

Posted by Gillian Batcher Sept. 18, 2021, 10:56 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What type of insulation is best for coach house?

...find the best insulation for a Coach House, Tiny House, or simply a conventional and typical family-sized home, first see here – What is the best insulation f...

Posted by morwarid safa Sept. 24, 2021, 2:23 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...find interesting, it has a radiant floor heated with air tubes rather than hydronic, and those tubes will be fed with air warmed by a solar air-heating panel, s...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...find the best path forward for you. Insulating it would be best, that could be either between the joists, or also insulating the floor.

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you polish a concrete slab to be a finished interior concrete floor?

...find a diamond grinder, which seems to be quite an ordeal for you in your location. And here is another page that may interest you if you haven’t already finish...

Posted by Betsy Lund May 20, 2020, 2:13 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

...find Cork engineered floors as well. doesn't flooring on top of slab reduce passive solar heat absorbtion?

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

Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling?

...find a breathable membrane . Even if the spray foam itself is not providing a proper air seal , it is most definitely acting as a vapor barrier , so putting ano...

Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...find it.

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Best small ventilation HRV or ERV for a camper van or tiny house?

...find them absent in a camper van. How big is your van, and does it have a kitchen and bathroom? In our opinion, they really should incorporate some sort of mech...

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 5 Responses

Does the basement construction information on this website apply to the climates in Canada?

...find all you need there or have more specific questions please feel free to ask. Best of course is that you start a fresh thread with your specific question. Ho...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses