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Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...find its way to the upper floors, but that’s not really the case with radiant heating, instead it gets cooler the further you are from the source. So, the tempe...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...find its way in (which can be as little as a buildup of pollen in the spring) creates an environment where mould (or 'mold' for US readers) can form and introdu...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...find technical details here: https://nexcembuild.com/technicaldownloads-shtml/. Here is a video of a builder describing how he used Nexcem wall forms: https://w...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

...find one please let us know. You can learn more about stone and other green kitchen counters here - Kitchen Counter Options for Sustainable Green Homes Engi...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...finding a Passive House designer would be wise if you want to pursue that route. The only problem with that, is that the cost of the designer could eat into the...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...find out it’s vapor permeability first. In the image it looks like a foil membrane, which is for sure a vapor barrier, and you wouldn’t want that on the exterio...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

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 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

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 type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...find electric wire systems to be a bit cheaper, but get a quote for each to be sure. If you are planning on doing it yourself, watch some DIY videos and see whi...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Lunos HRV - where can I buy them and get advice?

...find more info about HRVs and ERVs here or in the ventilation section of our building guide .

Posted by martin tierney Nov. 16, 2019, 4:57 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...find and fix the problem - you might consider doing a blower door test (which pressurizes and depressurizes the house) to help find and seal leaks. And think of...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 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 8 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

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

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