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What is the best material for flooring?

...for flooring? Real wood, engineered wood, any particular brand? Also for kitchen and bathroom floor, what do you recommend to use tile, travertine, marble? Ther...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...for you; here is our page on choosing between an HRV and ERV The Edelweiss House (where we installed the mini-split heat pump for heating and cooling ) is a v...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...for window replacement in a basement? When looking for high performance windows, there is no really no difference between basements and above grade walls. Basem...

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...formance building techniques. An ‘Eco Home’ could take many different forms, but they would share a few common threads. You could therefore look at home plans...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

...for your inspiring youtube video. Would you kindly let me know where I can find and order the supplies for the green roof? You make it look quite easy. DO I rea...

Posted by Nadia Naderi Oct. 8, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...for radon AFTER tightening the home, rather than before, if one is going to improve the sealing of air movement for insulating purposes? I don't know about anyo...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...for framing as they seem pretty green? What does anyone think? (Great website BTW) You went to a lumber yard for help choosing the right wood for framing and ...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...for taping Tyvek Home wrap? It's for insulating a cabin in the upper Laurentians, so there will extreme temperature changes. Thanks! Frank Hi Frank, No surprise...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...for a third of the year, is freezing for about half of it, and has a couple warm summer months. With all the different building and insulation techniques I have...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...fort in homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house? Maybe one that needs but hasn’t had an energy retrofit? For perspective ...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...formance goals. There's a catch 22 for ya! And we have exactly the place for you to start, it's a Passive House that I was involved wi in the design phase and i...

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

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...for US readers) can form and introduce mould spores right into your ventilation system. There are some people that swear by ground loops and dismiss the risks...

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

What would be the best alternative to chemical treatment for outdoor pools?

...for ecological options instead of chemicals for a pool, what are your recommendations? Our favorite alternative to chlorinated backyard pools is a natural swimm...

Posted by Ladka Heidari April 19, 2020, 6:24 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...for any advice. In the absence of an HRV , the most effective strategy for ensuring healthy air at home is to avoid introducing pollutants in the first place. T...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...for it) that is even quicker to install that standard pex . See it in action in the video on this page, it’s a game changer for plumbing – Propex installed wi...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

Can you share what material you'd recommend to use for wall and roof insulation? Least toxic, and highest R factor? Wool, Fiberglass etc. Do you have a brand i...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Where can you find a grey water recycling system for our washing machine?

...for recycling home waste water for toilets and laundry would be the Hydraloop system . Most greywater recovery systems are pretty high maintenance and can be qu...

Posted by Sameep Shirodkar June 7, 2020, 10:06 a.m. Greywater Recycling 1 Responses

How much for a 1200 square foot house will it cost me to finish the slab

...for a 1200 square-foot home roughly Hi Walter, Do you mean the slab on grade prefab kit? If so, see this page on Legalett Geoslab foundation kits and air heated...

Posted by Walter Hale Oct. 1, 2020, 7:20 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses