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What are environmentally friendly ground covers for retirement communities?

...ground covers to replace established large grass lawns in a retirement commnity. An environmentally friendly ground cover alternative to grass is one that isn’t...

Posted by Lester Helmeczi Aug. 12, 2021, 5:14 p.m. Landscaping 1 Responses

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 2 Responses

Why is there condensation above ground on an interior basement wall?

...ground. At this point we are wondering what we could do to remedy this. I should mention we live in the northeast and it has been very cold of late. Since it is...

Posted by Barb Daluisio Jan. 12, 2021, 1:26 p.m. Basements improvements 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. Concept and design 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

With a raised house how should I insulate underneath?

...ground is it still rocommended to lay poly on the ground? my house backs up to a canal leading to a river and there is no draiage issues. Thank you in advance. ...

Posted by Kevin Marmillion Feb. 1, 2021, 11:43 a.m. Basements improvements 3 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

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

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

Has anyone insulated under a swimming pool?

...ground from sucking the heat out of the pool. Haven't found anyone that has done this, would rigid foam be stable enough to take the down pressure/weight of the...

Posted by Randy Parent May 10, 2021, 8:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

How do I close the gap from the exterior cladding overhang to the foundation?

...ground level, my question is how do i close the gap from the exterior cladding to the stone, as there would be an overhang of 100mm due to the extra insulatio...

Posted by derek hill April 2, 2021, 1:05 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 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

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...ground insulation in time before slab was poured, but need to plan better for above the ground. My contractor is planning foam insulation based on HERS measurem...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses