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Should I test my home for radon gas?

...homes is not limited to the air, it can also be present in water if you get your water from a well. Here are a couple of pages on our site where you can learn a...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...homes will be made with pre built walls and more even more likelyis that prefabricated kit homes will be built, delivered and installed, faster and cheaper than...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...homes, but any house is only as defendable against rodents and insects as the attention to detail taken by the builder to plug holes an fill cracks. So this pag...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...homes, seems like air quality could/should be improved in older leaky homes as well. Or would the excessive air leaks make the HRV not effective? The only way...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...homes? They seem eco-friendly with a tight building envelope. There's just not much info out there. Hi Sasha It seems like EPS panels that encapsulate probabl...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

I have read that heating a product will cause it to release any VOCs, do you have a preferred product for hot water pipe insulation that won’t off-gas into hom...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...homes/make-your-home-more-energy-efficient/keeping-heat/keeping-heat-chapter-6-basement-insulation/15639#a6-2 " I want to use a professional company to spray ...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...homes. There is a lot to consider when you want to install a bigger window , because you will need to lengthen the header. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, i...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...homes. Currently located in the Caribbean but looking at moving to Ontario very soon and the options I have to build small cottage roughly 2.5 hrs from Toronto....

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...homes they construct, ask them a few basic questions to weed them out – Do you build high performance / energy efficient homes? Do you build airtight home...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

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

...homes for their specific climate . We can help you choose the right insulation for your needs as well as determine the right amount of insulation for energy eff...

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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...homes to improve energy-efficiency you need to be careful not to trap moisture inside walls. What you read about installing a poly vapor barrier on the outside ...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

How do you do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?

...homes with interior air conditioning can create a significant differential in temperature and humidity from indoors to out compared to homes in the past that ra...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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 do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...homes. What I DON’T really like at a glance is that they are insulated with spray foam. However, if the company that makes these insulated wood studs is build...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...homes are not known to be particularly airtight. But as for where you install the house wrap, you can’t go really wrong either way, but you would be better to p...

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

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...homes available that may meet your needs, other than that we would recommend you look through our building guide pages to learn high performance building techni...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses