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How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...Home Green Building Guides As I plan my home -- with the Legalet air-heated floor in mind, I keep wondering about possible flooding entering the furnace. I'm pl...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 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 Thank you for the info...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 16 Responses

How do I get a free energy audit?

...green home renovation tax credits and incentives about to be announced in Canada with the 2021 Canada Greener Homes Grant , so with luck you are north of the bo...

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

Can I use straw bale sips on the exterior of a shipping container home?

...homes is an interesting movement but is not as ‘eco’ or ‘green’ as people may think, so if you haven’t started yet read more here first – Shipping container h...

Posted by Chelsea Teresak Nov. 28, 2020, 9:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...home.net if you want more information or a quote. Do you recommend EPS or XPS. I read xps is superior to eps - less water absorption, higher r value, longer ret...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...green home building in Canada and the US would not necessarily be available there is another thing, but best I can do would be tell you how we’d do it in Canada...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...Green Homes For now, assuming a reasonably ‘cold’ climate and also running with the assumption of air leaks , you could do a lot to reduce that with some ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...home built in 1960 in Ontario in climate zone 5. Outside the home I have jack-hammered and removed the concrete walkways that had cracked and settled on a slope...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...home about 3000 sq. the top is about 1700 and the rest in the basement, being a cinderblock home with a 2 foot over hang. I studed my inner wall, I put R13 fibe...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I find a qualified Passive House builder?

...green home builders near you Are you looking just to build using the principles and performance targets of Passive House or are you going to go all the way fo...

Posted by Kyle Burgmeier Feb. 18, 2021, 8:25 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...green home building video series on our YouTube channel that takes you through all the steps of durable and efficient home design, here are two from that series...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...home at home! The other problems with the wheels, is that by having a house bounce down a highway it puts a lot of stress on the air barrier as well as joints...

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

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...homes on our website. You have clearly done your LBC homework, so that makes me wonder - do you already have the land on which you can build? The LBC requirem...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...green building community, but hempcrete does not have a particularly high R value per inch and is extremely heavy. A tiny house on wheels already has a pretty h...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

...home construction That second link is a great example of how to future proof homes against some of the concerns you mention, it comes from design features we ...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 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

Where do I start if I want to build a hobbit hole?

...green home building’. Building into the ground can offer a lot of benefits of balancing temperatures in both summer and winter, but it absolutely must include ‘...

Posted by Jasmine Myers Nov. 30, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 4 Responses