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What is the best heating system for new home build?

...Homes As for the slab on grade with frost wall – an alternative to explore is a raft slab frost protected shallow foundation with air heated radiant floors , ...

Posted by Maureen Thompson Oct. 28, 2021, 11:33 p.m. Heating and cooling 4 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

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...homes, so see our pages on mitigating radon gas in basements , including how to remove radon gas from well water , in case you dig a well in the future. Venti...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...homes A few things you mention stand out though, and I think you might have seen our page on choosing the best rigid foam insulation , and in there it talks a...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

...homes on slabs with different methods, our preferred method on how to build a slab on grade would be with an engineered prefab raft slab kit . The reason we lik...

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...homes where something as basic as standard building tape and 6 mil poly are relied upon to act as the air barrier, they can have wildly different results depend...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...homes is if they don’t have a direct air feed from the outdoors to the back of the woodstove. A lot of people omit that one crucial feature, and in doing so you...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...homes here Let us know more details about our wall assembly and what is behind the siding if you'd like, and we may be able to be more helpful. Exterior wal...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...Homes There is a lot to it, and it is honestly best left to those who do energy modelling. An example to look at would be our LEED V4 platinum Edelweiss House...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...homes , where you can see how we raised the level of the slab with clean compactible fill, exactly as you would need to do. You could go with a footing and fr...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...homes, the cost and complication has never really been appealing. But we have done many hydronic radiant floors, and most recently an air heated floor, which is...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 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 4 Responses

How do you do a vapor 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 4 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...homes are better. If you are looking for a mobile tiny house, here are a few links to check out: How to Build Tiny Houses on Wheels for Cold Climates Are ...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...homes, we are cautious about issuing a recommendation to replace or remove existing ones. Skylights are usually quite a bit bigger than a lightwell , so you wil...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...Homes and Save Energy Beyond just heat loss, thermal bridging through insulated metal framing members, as you eluded to, would leave the wall at risk of conde...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...homes The model on that page is larger than you would be looking for, but there is a sign-up form on there so you can get a notice when we get all the design ...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses