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My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

I live in Sudbury Canada in a 1959 bungalow and the basement is always humid and the dehumidifier runs constantly. It also costs a fortune to heat. I was advis...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...heat back in during the winter and help reflect heat back out in the summer. So it will save on heating and cooling costs, and if you don’t use air conditioning...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

Has there been a cost analysis of the added insulation, vs insulating to code? Comparing the potential cost savings of the reduced spending on energy to heat/c...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

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

...heating degree days annually), how much you currently spend on heating, how much it would cost to do the work and how much energy savings you would gain. It’s a...

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

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...heat load. This following page about air-heated floors gives an overview of all three types of radiant floor heating systems – A comeback for radiant floors h...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you help trouble shoot my Lunos HRV e2 system in my tiny home?

...heat exchange takes place, Lunos units each have a ceramic core and their own individual fans. They work in pairs, with one unit blowing in while the other blow...

Posted by L Dingwall May 24, 2018, 11:06 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...heat loss. If you like that idea I’d for sure go with 2 inches, not just for heat loss but for durability, if you do need to walk on it on occasion it will be l...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...heat would cost. And a last piece of advice - don't be instantly leery of it simply because it is a slab. As long as it is in good shape, I would consider tha...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

I need an air exchanger that moves 1500 CFM of air from from the outside with temperatures ranging from 0°Fahrenheit 2 an exhaust temperature of at least 55 Ca...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...heat) towards other surfaces than may then absorb additional heat. The best council we can offer you though, is not to scratch a hole in your head trying to f...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...heat crawl space below. The walls are wood chips and some fiberglass where walls have been opened. The siding needs to be replace so was plannin to put Tyvek th...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Can an HRV be installed in a condo?

We live on the 2nd floor of a condo high rise which is located quite close to the garbage room and the odours and chemicals make obtaining fresh air from openi...

Posted by Eugene Tam June 29, 2020, 7:42 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...heat loss . Read more here about how to reduce thermal bridging . There are cases, like yours I would say, where insulating between metal is really the only opt...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...heaters and storing heat that may be of value to you. Thermal mass in homes helps store heat, learn how All about thermal batteries for solar heat storage...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...heat demand comes from the mini-split heat pump. The house is only powered with electricity and no gas at all (including heating, water heating, cooking, drying...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...heat loss , and if you have a foil barrier you could lay it right on top. I just don’t imagine the foil will do much for stopping air leakage (if that’s what yo...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...heat recovery and fresh air at the same time. That puts the job in the hands of an HVAC installer. If you do plan to undertake a sub-slab removal technique, u...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...heat pumps are a smart idea for efficient heating and cooling. I don’t know about thermobuilt insulation, but I would say a metal roof is always a great idea ...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses