Home Durability / Discussions

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...home , and hemp is a natural and non-toxic insulation material that will protect the air quality in your home. We will have an order page coming soon, but for t...

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

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

...durability, if you do need to walk on it on occasion it will be less likely to get damaged. Here are a couple of other relevant pages you may want to check ou...

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

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

...homes & for building new homes with high performance insulation systems such as Passive House or LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with dense packed...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

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

...home. I've done research on contracting, home building, Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expert but I have some knowledge that would make me...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...durability issue than wall performance . Some Passive Houses may do fine, others may be severely damaged. You could get a home Passive House certified (PH) with...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 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 do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...home as well an increase home durability, which is what happens when you build more efficient homes. What I DON’T really like at a glance is that they are insul...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...homes they construct, ask them a few basic questions to weed them out – Do you build high performance / energy efficient homes? Do you build airtight home...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

Hi there, we live on the gulf islands, building a new home as owner builders and figuring it out as we go. I worry that being in such a damp environment for so...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

My question is, when taking square footage into account, is it cheaper to build a basement for my new home or would it be cheaper to build a slab on grade and ...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

Building a new home (2x6); want to add 2-4" of rockwool on the outside; would like my windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are s...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

We are in the planning stages of designing a new home to be built to passive house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...home had monthly savings over the code built house while the super insulated house cost more per month due to the added up front building cost. I'd like to aim ...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...home regularly. Super-insulated homes such as passive house , and designing a home for passive solar heat collection will keep your energy costs at a minimum ...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...home window replacement we would recommend a quick read of our page about when to replace windows and when to fix them to be sure you really need to. Sometimes ...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

I watched a presentation by Emmanuel Cosgrove of Ecohome who said that a house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable th...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...home? All are factors to consider for health and home durability. Can you help me? We have a similar problem and i have called many many people and cant find an...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses