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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

What is the best deck material?

...find what you need on this page - 10 top tips for deck building so they last longer There are a few minor tips for deck building that can greatly extend the...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

Where can I donate all my construction tools/supplies?

...find a home. Thoughts that come to mind would be – local schools, boys and girls clubs, community centers, Habitat for Humanity I guess as you mention but you s...

Posted by Sam Djam Nov. 30, 2020, 3:54 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

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

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...find local builders, but some of our prefab kit houses are Passive House ready, and they are usually more affordable than site-built houses, so that is a potent...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...finding windows that suit your climate, find out which climate zone you live in here. Other than that I would recommend reading over the following pages that wi...

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 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

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

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

What size of lot is needed for the Eco habitat 1600?

...find out any minimum or maximum house sizes per lot to make sure you are allowed to build this house there, and you’d need to make sure you respect the setbacks...

Posted by Andrew Wallace July 21, 2020, 9:59 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How can I insulate an interior back wall that is NOW an exterior back wall?

...Find Your Building Climate Zone . And please describe what your walls are like now, so let us know if they are – open with access to the studs, 2x4 or 2x6, if...

Posted by Sabrina Ross Sept. 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How can we clear up green pool water after adding bog plants and lillies?

...find a more local representative that may be able to answer your questions or even perform the work as necessary.

Posted by Mercedes McCloughan June 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 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 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

Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

...Find the balance – save some energy with insulation, but also save your wall from damage. And unfortunately finding that ‘sweet spot’ of insulation isn’t necess...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses