Ground / Discussions

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...ground loop fluid heat exchanger, and if it would be beneficial to have two, one on each side of the HRV. I understand using the ground loop fluid to preheat th...

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

What is the ground temperature 4 feet down in Sudbury, Ontario?

...ground temp in the Sudbury latitude up as far as temiskaming latitude? Ideally at various depths. Thanks for being there, Paul

Posted by Paul Bullock Oct. 8, 2020, 4:53 p.m. 0 Responses

What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

Brooklyn, NY, small backyard. Tried to cultivate grass for years but often dies. Would love alternative ground cover. Ideally not waiting months for it to esta...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

Can you preheat ERV inlet air?

...ground loop’ below grade to warm or cool incoming air to your ERV or HRV depending on the season. This is seen sometimes in extremely high performing homes or P...

Posted by A O April 6, 2020, 12:16 p.m. Ground-coupled heat exchanger 2 Responses

What insulation should you use to cover the ground GEODESIC Dome?

...ground include GEODESIC Dome 24' Interested in HEMP or combination for inside flooring. The plan: laydown landscape cloth Then HEMP blanket or rolls The...

Posted by Vincent Warwick Oct. 1, 2020, 2:09 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

We are thinking of building a pole barn home in an area where there is likely to be bedrock if we tried to dig much. Over the 24 foot width of the home, the gr...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...ground source heat pump (GSHP) under slab on grade foundations as well as ground loops for HRVs and ERVs, can be a an easy way to harness the heat of the ground...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...ground does not slope away from the foundation so we know we will have to change that. I think you already know the biggest source of the problem, the ground sh...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Where should you mount solar panels if you don't have space on your roof?

...ground. We want to have a Solar Tracker a well, we live in Chateauguay Que. Mounting solar panels on a roof should only be done if you have sufficient space of ...

Posted by Dan Hynes Aug. 31, 2020, 9:23 a.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...ground to bottom of joists is 36" If you have a three-sided foundation wall with lattice work on one side and a dirt floor, the whole underside of the house i...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...ground vapors into the basement? I don't fully understand the vent /drain proposal, what exactly is the contractor is proposing - do you mean there is to be a d...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...ground windows. I want to insulate from air and from water leaks. Any advice is apreciated. Insulating the outside of the foundation is a much better idea if yo...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...ground....can crawl under one side...no existing plumbing...how do I put in a slab...without moving the camp ?? I've been thinking of cutting the floor out to...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Is it ok to add insulation between joists in a crawl space?

...ground floor condominium with an accessible crawlspace. This is in Colorado, dry climate, cold winters. The walls of the crawlspace are insulated and the dirt f...

Posted by Cheryl Bottomley May 11, 2020, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...ground without any insulation beneath it? The most cost-effective system to deliver in-floor radiant hea t would in your case depend on how big it is, and more ...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...ground floor with pink insulation. Over the years, there have been several mouse infestations in the basement, between the suspended ceiling and the mineral woo...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...ground level. I'd like to have a wrap around porch. So aesthetically I think it looks better than being on ground level. As well because of snow accumulation. ...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...ground and the slab. What do you think? A Slab on Grade needs to be built correctly, but no, Insulation under a slab floor will not make it less stable. To me t...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses