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What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...heat, but not usually enough to account for the added cost. Block foundations in general are best insulated from the exterior to keep them warm, but it doesn’...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...heat, lots of air conditioning. Are you absolutely sure that no vapour barrier is okay? How do I convince the building inspectors? I can see how it doesn’t exac...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...heat and more to cool. So my first tip would be to build the size of house you want to live in. As for structures, builders also recommend the types of wall ass...

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

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...heated floors as you mention, and the ThermalWall panels were a compliment to that, they were originally developed to improve the performance of ICF basements b...

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...heat sink, so best is to make sure they are both done. The only reason to insulate the joists above your head in the basement is if you plan to keep the basemen...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...heat/cooling on the outside. So I think we are on a better track. Electrical, still need to find someone who understand EMF issues, likely background in EU set ...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...heat was infiltrating. Talking to inspectors, I get the same cookie cutter response..."you're the builder, you should know the code." They get upset when I poin...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...heathing then choose an insulation material, weather barrier, strapping and new siding. Wow! Let’s get the science right. First off, if a material allows air ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 10 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...heating costs down, which In your case I imagine is likely firewood? Some solar heating options are linked below. Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on G...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...heat. I imagine the floor is pretty cold in winter? Based on what I know so far - if it were me I’d remove the plywood so you don’t trap moisture, I would the...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...heat loss now, but not eliminate the possibility of using it again in the future. Sealing up an unused brick fireplace chimney will save money on your heating...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

I watched your videos with much interest but wasn't sure about the "trench" type perimeter "grade beam" in terms of supporting the house structure, and the fac...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...heat it mostly with a masonry wood stove, backed up by an electric boiler. it's built on a slab with radiant hot water heating. I want to increase the efficienc...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...heat pump water heater . It also has a ductless mini-split heat pump that operates in coolin g mode , but the house stays cool enough without even using it.

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...heat pump at some point to take the edge off a heat wave, the problem is more when people keep their homes at sub-arctic temperatures for an entire summer. So i...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...heating/cooling zones to minimize energy use. Is this still recommended in a green Ontario home? If so, is it best to use 3 different heating and cooling units,...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Lunos HRV - where can I buy them and get advice?

I need an air exchanger in a new studio, it's very tight, 350 square feet, and want to buy two Lunos HRV's. I need the cost per unit and the best locations for...

Posted by martin tierney Nov. 16, 2019, 4:57 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...heat loss and water infiltration , see this page here - Best practices for basement construction - new home or renovations Thar should provide all the answe...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses