Home water efficiency / Discussions

How do you do insulation the outside of a log home?

...water heating. I want to increase the efficiency of the house by insulating the outside. What I have in mind is vertical 2x4 strapping, 3 1/2" Roxul insulation,...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...water in the radiant tubing to help balance the excess heating. My understanding was that the unheated water in the tubing would absorb excess heat from the are...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...home. The domestic hot water is a heat pump as well, we used an AO Smith air-to-water hybrid heat pump . The water heater sucks in the air from the home (whic...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...efficiency and durability standpoint, this following page will help - How to build a basement properly for energy efficiency and to prevent mold

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...water for water. I want the house to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wondering what sort of insulation to use an...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or big one?

...water heater. Here are our pages about home water efficiency , choosing low-flow fixtures and toilets , water-efficient showerheads and heat pump water heater...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 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

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...water infiltration for the length of time it takes to get a roof on. A home raised slightly off the ground can also be an attractive and nicely sheltered plac...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...homes here. “Warmboard provides the fastest response” Yes, a lack of thermal mass would mean it provides a quicker response. Is that a good thing? As mentione...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 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

How you vent a metal roof?

...home about in terms of energy efficiency - to think of it in its true essence, it is the defining point of the worst performing house that you are legally allow...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best type of heating system?

...home, so first I would look on our page about how to create a comfortable home – How to design a home for thermal comfort You will see on that page how ther...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...efficiency and durability is a lot about stopping air leaks and preventing water leaks. That means air seals around the exterior of windows and sloping window s...

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

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

I'm putting together a design for a medium-sized, super well-insulated slab on grade home. I definitely want a hydronic in floor heat system, along with a heat...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...waterproofing, will that stop the moisture from coming inside? Or is digging down and adding a waterproofing membrane and also replacing the insulation the only...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...water is leaking into the refrigerant that is a pretty significant and costly failure, if refrigerant is leaking into water than is less serious and can probabl...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

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

...efficiency and cost efficiency and eco-friedliness. What would ecohome do?! What you are describing is pretty much exactly my house in Montreal be...

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