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Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...renovations, since rarely do older homes have a proper air barrier. If those pages don’t answer all your questions please write us back, they may even inspire a...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

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

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 7 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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...home and need to add insulation. It is painted brick and we are interested in adding insulation and recladding the exterior. Is this the best way to go? What ki...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house? Maybe one that needs but hasn’t had an energy retrofit? For perspective – A well...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 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

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 J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 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

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

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

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

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

Hello, I'm thinking of mounting and awning or some sort of solar protection for my deck. I was to mount to the wall of my house but it's a passive home done wi...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Need roof repairs, insulation and new tin, are there grants available?

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Posted by Ghislaine Morin Aug. 27, 2020, 12:03 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...home renovations and new builds How to create a house building budget and stay within it Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retro...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 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 is the best way to insulate my basement?

...home or renovations Thar should provide all the answers you need, and feel free to ask a follow up question once you've read it over. And specifically to your...

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

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...home and lot in Peterborough, ON Canada. We have been thinking of completely renovating our current home but then came across the option of the Pre Fab Kit. Cou...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses