Home renovations / Discussions

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

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

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

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...home and how to best proceed with home renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 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 would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...home with good quality windows will be more comfortable, even when you aren’t close to the heat source. If you find you cool off when you step too far from a ra...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 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

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

Eight years after our house was built, we noticed that the MDF baseboards in our finished basement became discoloured and swollen from potential moisture. We r...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...home in south-central Pennsylavnia was built in 2001. The unfinished basement (walls and floor) surfaces are formed of poured concrete. One side of the basement...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 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

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

...home to be built to passive house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide between having a basement vs. a slab. The house w...

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

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

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