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How to insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls with fiber glass insulation

What is the best way to insulate.. from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Hi Mark, Here is an article that will give you a starting pl...

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...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 expect to see insuffic...

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, certaily 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

Testing for radon gas after renovations

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

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

High humidity levels and coldness

...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

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 method/order of insulating rim joists with EPS+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

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

Foam board insulation in basement

...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

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

...home is typically responsible for more than 30% of heat loss. It sounds like you do have problems caused by excess water infiltrating your basement walls, pro...

Posted by Anonymous Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 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

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 Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Vapour barrier vs air 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

How to remove moisture/condensation from basement walls

...home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We took down our insulated wall panels and...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Starting from scratch in a Victorian row house: how should I heat/cool my home?

...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

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 4 Responses

Considering a slab on grade vs a 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
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