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Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...find its way through a wall assembly until it reaches the cool vapour barrier, where it is at risk of condensing. You definitely need some form or vapor barrier...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...find an air to air heat pump that will tie into my existing duct work. It appears Mitsubishi Electric does not currently sell this product and I believe their h...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...find the best ductless mini split heat pump is not as much to point you to a brand but to help you know what to look for. Learn about heat pumps here – Choosi...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...find all you need. But I would point you specifically to these pages as a starting point – How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds How to...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

...find an independent engineer that will design a raft slab, so I would suggest you contact legalett that provides slab on grade prefab kits across Canada and the...

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...finding non-toxic and natural building materials for home renovations, I would first point you to this page that lists different types of insulation along with ...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

...find out. Thank you. I'll look into the DC option and look forward to any updates from you.

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 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

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

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 45 Responses