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What do you think about SIP framing system?

...home construction Tips for finding a reliable green home builder SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) can be a quicker build, but so can prefab homes, or part...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

We live in an old 2x4 wall home that I’m told by the previous owners originally had no insulation, then it had loose fill cellulose insulation added decades ag...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

...Green Homes - 10 Tips The best way to proceed really depends on how bad the problem is and how much she is willing or able to invest in improvements. She may ...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...green home building circles, but we think that EPS insulation may be the best option in the long-term, read more here – Is EPS foam is an eco-friendly insulat...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...Green Building Guide Pages that may help Why are Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better basements: how to ...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...home every time you start a fire. It will also be hard to light, and in combination with a bathroom fan or stove hood operating, it may fill your home with smok...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

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

I'm putting together a design for a medium-sized, super well-insulated slab on grade home. I definitely want a hydronic in floor heat system, along with a heat...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

I have an energy efficient 2,000 sq ft bungalow located on acreage just east of Edmonton. The house was built in 2007 and received the Green Vision Award for A...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

...homes on slabs with different methods, our preferred method on how to build a slab on grade would be with an engineered prefab raft slab kit . The reason we lik...

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...green home construction? I would certainly propose more insulation, and to specifically answer your question about vapor – yes, adding vapor impermeable mater...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...green house gas emmisions and healthier, but there are only a few companies that do it so far, you can find them here - New Blowing Agents for Foam Insulation...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Homes Preventing Mold when you Insulate your Basement Building Better Basements: How to Insulate your Basement Properly Hi Mike, thank you for...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses