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Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...homes, LEED or Passive House, require an air vent that can not be closed or be covered up, i.e. permanently open and venting to the outside of the home. The ven...

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...homes are a great base for becoming net zero ready so I'd probably recommmend looking at Passive House builders in the city of North Vancouver.

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...homes simply are not insulated at all, and therefore they do have higher heating bills to show for it (which is not great long term), but for one winter I would...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...Homes For now, assuming a reasonably ‘cold’ climate and also running with the assumption of air leaks , you could do a lot to reduce that with some caulki...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...Homes As for vapor barriers on basement walls, as you would read in the page above, that’s always a bad idea. The ground is wet, concrete is wet and porous, s...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate an exterior wall from the outside?

...homes being built today.

Posted by Stuart Seldon Feb. 11, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...homes with vapor barriers can lead to moisture build up inside walls. So really, for now your best solution at least for this summer, would be to run the air co...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...homes. Other important considerations for a high performing wall would be a proper air barrier and avoiding thermal bridging in the wall assembly. Those links...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

I want to build a house to passive house standards and keep it to a relatively small budget by potentially doing some of the build myself. I stumbled upon the ...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...homes Choosing safe paints and finishes Choosing eco-friendly sustainable counter tops Healthy home cleaning products

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...Homes

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is solar air heating for a floor as efficient as solar hydronic?

...homes over the years most with hydronic floors, the biggest problems I have run into is with homeowners topping up with well water and having lime scale buildup...

Posted by Ryan Johnson Dec. 7, 2020, 9:02 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

How much window area can i have in passive house?

...Homes As an example of how the total window surface area and quality of windows affects design, here is an example - a Passive House we know of that has signi...

Posted by tony wolff March 4, 2021, 9:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...Homes Even in Canada where that heat is a benefit in winter, most Canadians live in areas where summers are extremely hot, so incandescent bulbs will ad to th...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...homes were poorly-insulated and sometimes not insulated at all. Back then a furnace would cycle on and off many times in a day (or even in an hour) to keep the ...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some more direct answers to your questions...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...homes. It has been noted that this is a detriment in areas dominated by heating. Since it takes heat from the air, it creates additional load on the primary spa...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 3 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...Homes A dehumidifier is a good thing to have in a basement but it won’t do much to remove moisture from the other side of a vapor barrier. Judging by how the ...

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