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How do I get a free energy audit?

...find someone in your region. Where are you located? If you happen to be in Canada you can try here – Find free energy audits in Canada There are also some g...

Posted by Rick Bittman May 27, 2021, 1:43 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 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

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

Rain being drawn through windows on new build.

...find the problem, you could do a blower door test to find leaks in the building envelope . Blower door testing intentionally depressurizes a home for the expres...

Posted by Kylie Bonavia Oct. 1, 2021, 8:27 p.m. Windows and doors 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

How to improve the water quality in my old Mobile home?

...find alongside a high level of sulfur. But a word of caution here – there is no shortage of hocus pocus water treatment products that make great claims but do...

Posted by Ann Meacham Nov. 26, 2020, 7:17 p.m. Drinking water and treatment 1 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...find a lot of pages on choosing the best insulation and how to make a house airtight . Things to consider for sustainable home design go beyond just the perform...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...find expansive soils such as leda clay in the Bas Saint Laurent region so I’m wondering if that was what steered you in the direction of building a home on pile...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Are there pellet stoves that don't use electricity?

I have a space that is 500 sq feet. I need a pellet heater no electric and I'm broke. See this page here to find pellet stoves that don’t require electricity t...

Posted by Christina Dick Oct. 19, 2021, 11:35 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

What kind of incentive are available for a high performance net zero home?

...find something of value there, and if you find any for your region we don’t have listed please let us know in the comments section so we can update it. As for e...

Posted by Matt Garrod March 28, 2021, 3:37 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 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

How do you attach steps to slab on grade insulation?

...find. 'Set' concrete is benign and poses no health risk as there is nothing to off-gas into your home, the only risk would be what finish you put on it. I would...

Posted by Mary Alm Dec. 2, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Slab on Grade 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

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 use an HRV or ERV for radon removal in a dirt floor basement?

...find better results with source removal, as in a radon stack below a membrane. If you can I would extend that over the concrete and cover it with insulation and...

Posted by Douglas Touart March 1, 2021, 5:15 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses