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Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House ) we used the Mitsubishi Mr. Slim Mini-split heat pump as seen in the video ...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Where would I apply for interest free loan?

...homes certifed LEED or Passive House perhaps, you could try looking on this page first, maybe there is something local to your region - Financial incentives a...

Posted by Pat Morrison Aug. 31, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Grants and incentives 3 Responses

What is the cost per square foot to build 1600 square feet on one floor?

...homes with the money? – The answer to that is pretty much always a resounding ‘yes’. Choosing between a basement and slab on grade, which is better? – if you ...

Posted by Steven Kohl April 20, 2021, 9:43 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...homes on piles is much lower. We here at Ecohome are not big fans of basements, but we always choose a slab on grade instead of a basement when possible rathe...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...homes, but durability issues often arise, along with higher energy bills. The net result of a skylight can be nicer brighter room, but it inevitably comes with ...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do you stop high condensation in a house?

...homes - Why is it there? How to stop condensation? Jamaica is a tropical climate and therefore rather humid, so its not a surprise that you have high relative...

Posted by Milly Bassier Sept. 27, 2021, 8:56 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Where can I find prefab kit houses in Wisconsin?

...homes, and with luck we should have something soon. I would suggest you Join Ecohome as a member for free ( we don't spam or trade email addresses) but we will ...

Posted by Heather Hussong Oct. 25, 2021, 10:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...homes here [Side note- it is very much worth investing in a high-quality tape, it will last much longer. Siga, Delta Multiband and Air Stop are a few brands t...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...homes or renovations The concrete we suggest removing is just the floor, and is only about 3-4 inches thick of concrete so it is not that difficult to smash a...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?

...homes worth the money? Also, for the interior, we have concerns about the health impacts of spray foam in homes , not to mention the ecological impacts. I'm...

Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...homes, since moisture moves right through it you are not at risk of trapping humidity inside the wall assembly. Piggybacking on this thread, would you, Mike,...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

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Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

...homes explains some of that and I'm also wondering whether using a product like Thermalwall with a uniform thickness might not be quicker, stronger and cost eff...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

Now that I have removed everything from my basement, I have this nice pristine unfinished concrete floor and walls. I have heard of a product called radon bl...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Can you use an HRV or ERV for radon removal in a dirt floor basement?

I have a part concrete and part dirt floor in basement with mildly elevated radon levels. Radon mitigator told us to use a HRV to reduce it by about 50%. Shoul...

Posted by Douglas Touart March 1, 2021, 5:15 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...Homes Certification a Radon barrier radon evacuation stack is mandatory . To continue about radon – exposure to radon gas in homes is the second greatest caus...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What do I use in a dropped basement ceiling for soundproofing?

...homes Some insulation materials such as fiberglass quietZone batts , Rock wool / mineral wool work great for reducing sound transmission, as does hemp insulat...

Posted by Melissa Pickett Oct. 10, 2020, 12:19 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Are there Eco home prefab house models to visit and view?

...homes for viewing. Sorry we can't help more for the moment but we're working on it!

Posted by Roelof Cronje Aug. 31, 2021, 11:43 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses