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In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

...find a pretty detailed breakdown on this page – Is geothermal heating (GSHP) worth the investment for homes? And here is a page comparing the effectiveness ...

Posted by John Ioannou July 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...find the vapor barrier paint here on our site or somewhere else? We tried it (we could because we did the exterior peel and stick membrane I mentioned above), i...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 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

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

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

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

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

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...find out locally if there are restrictions about parking them as well, that's the other issue with tiny houses on wheels. Best of luck!

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...find all you need - Choosing a Radiant Floor heating System I took a look at the Warmboard website, and a few things jump out at me right away that I wasn’t...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...find a local plumber willing to whip up a makeshift system for much cheaper than you would be able to purchase and install a panel for. DIY solar pool heate...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...find the best way for you, we just need a bit more info - Where are you located? (City or climate zone) Is your crawlspace humid? (A hydrometer is cheap t...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 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

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...find that various products have spec sheets available online that will list their perm ratings to better help you design your wall. Here is a link to the Certai...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...find with solar air heaters is storing the heat. If you incorporate thermal mass into it you can get more production from your solar panel, as it will act as a ...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...find its way into the main floor of your house. Do you have a hydrometer for testing the relative humidity? That would be a good thing to have. Beyond what yo...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of Plywood for water proofing?

...finding a comparable product for a lower price. Online you should be able to find spec sheets to compare products. As for the thickness of plywood I'd leave tha...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses