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I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...find out where to start, eg. should I seal the house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and insulate roof. Or insula...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I sell my construction materials?

...find what you're looking for on that page. As you will note, we have found that some online building suppliers have gone under, and it is possible new ones have...

Posted by Eshwari Chauke April 20, 2020, 3:04 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 2 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

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...find the best way of installing exterior insulation to the walls of homes here Let us know more details about our wall assembly and what is behind the siding ...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 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

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...find it still warm and therefore not stand there watching cold water go down the drain and adding unwanted heat to a house in warmer months while they wait for ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...find them here - New Blowing Agents for Foam Insulation That Don't Cause Climate Change Spray foam insulation (or SPUF) would act as the air barrier , and a...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...find the problem - HRV maintenance: How to keep your HRV Clean & Efficient If your HRV or ducts were cleaned but they are still full of dirt afterwards, the...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 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

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...find the best way forward - The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes But to speak to the products you mention - Rockwool isn’t the...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...find yourself in the same predicament sooner than you’d like. Personally I wouldn’t if it were me. But the question of what to do about old leaky windows is a...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...find a commercially viable option for this yet, and the only reports we’ve heard about it include mention that if it gets wet at all then your house will smell ...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

...find problems for you, but radon is still a bit unknown, and a very serious health concern. Here are our pages on it detecting and mitigating radon gas in homes...

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...find the best exterior insulation to use when renovating old homes, we often recommend Mineral wool (often referred to as Roxul or Rockwool). We like it for the...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...find in the box stores, they aren’t nearly as sticky and don’t have the same lifespan.] You will have to make sure that you ‘transfer’ your air barrier to the...

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

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...find a building inspector to accept that for new home construction. And I say that with the caveat that you should not even consider that if you don't have a pr...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses