Home water efficiency / Discussions

How do insulate 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

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 2 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...water lines. What do you think? Isn't common to insulate plumbing lines throughout the home? Insulating hot and cold water pipes in a home is a good idea , but ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...water heat pump water heater? Increased efficiency with an air source heat pump and heat pump water heater working in tandem A heat pump water heater will a...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...water noise, which one is quieter? Water quality/freshness. Durability etc. Hi there Babak, I think the choice between a plastic material and copper is a very...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 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

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

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 type of home 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

Which radiant floor heat is best?

...home promotes air radiant systems (e.g. Legalett) aren't direct electric resistance mats more efficient. Seems air and water systems use power to heat the air/w...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 25, 2020, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 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 4 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...home. We purchased some basic house plans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab on grade for the aesthetics, savings, as ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 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

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

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 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