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Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...home would be to do a blower door test to measure the rate of air leakage in your home . If you are improving the envelope and making your home more airtight , ...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...home. What do you think? Yes, it's always a good idea to check the radon levels in your home, particularly if you're about to improve the airtightness of the bu...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

I bought an old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...home as well, certanily if it can be done during other renovations without great effort. An HRV does not provide the same amount of circulation as a ceiling fan...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

Hi, I have a 1955 red all brick bungalow. the interior walls are a very thick plaster board (maybe 1" or more thick). I want to take the walls down to the stud...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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 rim joists with EPS and batts?

...home (35 yrs old). My basement wall construction is poured concrete foundation, then a full-home perimeter cripple wall, and then joist that sit atop of it on a...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

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Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...home is still high 50-65% . Furthermore, a contractor recommended installing an air purifying system, adding additional insulation in the attic and refinishin...

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

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

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

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

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Homes Preventing Mold when you Insulate your Basement Building Better Basements: Bow to Insulate your Basement Properly Hi Mike, thank you for...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

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

Hi I'm wanting to add insulation to the exterior of my home as I am planning to replace siding was considering rockwool comfortboard but this Halo product was ...

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

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...homes . Have a read over that to get some ideas and send us more details if you like and we can help come up with a solution - are you planning to strip it to t...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...home is a great source of tips and info for older home maintenance! The cheapest and more effective first step to solving your problem is without a doubt, a con...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...homeowner has no idea until there is a structural failure or the insulation has been rendered useless. To find and fix the problem - you might consider doing ...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...HOME has lots of info on insulation at https://www.ecohome.net/guides/query/insulation/

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses