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Do you have on a category on insulating vans?

...homes well without coughing up a lot of interior space . Because of that, people often choose a wood-framed interior and spray foam. That would provide a high p...

Posted by chantal fortier April 14, 2019, 2:08 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...homes are worth the money . And to address the rest of your questions, I think that's an awesome list so I’m copying and pasting to go through it point by poi...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

...homes that are performed by processionals that specialize in it, which can often mean sub-slab depressurization. I would search radon mitigation, or radon remov...

Posted by Uma Parekh May 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...homes. Thank you Mike. Even though a fireplace is unnecssary I think ill put one in with a direct airpipe especially as rockets burn evn more efficiently with i...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

How do you keep concrete house walls from getting too hot in hot climates?

...homes cool without air conditioning I’m sure you have come up with your own ways to cope as best as possible, but hopefully there is something on that page th...

Posted by Florence A. Hawkins May 14, 2021, 7:05 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can you preheat ERV inlet air?

...homes or Passive House builds where the design phase includes trying to save every watt of energy possible. On the down side, there have been cases where peop...

Posted by A O April 6, 2020, 12:16 p.m. Ground-coupled heat exchanger 2 Responses

Should you keep duct work out of the attic?

...Homes should be airtight and have a suitable amount of insulation for the climate zone where they are built whether the roof is vented or unvented. read more he...

Posted by Frank Liu July 23, 2020, 8:53 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Should I use vapour barrier on ceiling of three season cottage?

...homes with air conditioning can be a problem , particularly in more humid climates and if the home is kept at very low temperatures. If you are insulating and h...

Posted by Erica Pennell Sept. 14, 2021, 7:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...homes were. A slab on grade home is probably about the same. Unless it was built by someone that was an early pioneer of green building in a sense, which is pos...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...homes, because no amount of human due diligence with a roll of tape will be able to plug the amount of holes that this spray can do. This is a technique that we...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...homes – How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces Some of the radon mitigation techniques could be a DIY solution, particularly having a radon...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

...Homes - 10 Tips The best way to proceed really depends on how bad the problem is and how much she is willing or able to invest in improvements. She may be wis...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...homes helps store heat, learn how All about thermal batteries for solar heat storage Solar air heated floor

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

When using larsen trussees, what is the maximum spacing between TJIs

...Homes Is this for a new construction or renovation ? And do you have a permit? I only ask because you may be best to check with your municipal building inspec...

Posted by steve outlet March 6, 2020, 12:39 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is this a good way to insulate drafty windows?

...Homes - 10 Tips Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter The reason I say that you'te better targetting the edges with tape or caulking is that while t...

Posted by Robert Schmidt Feb. 6, 2021, 5:47 p.m. Windows and doors 2 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...homes are heated with natural gas , 25% with electricity . In Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest ar...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...homes in situations like this we advice people to insulate the exterior of the walls to protect the stone or concrete wall from freezing and cracking. Is that a...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Are there any updates on the progress of the second demonstration house?

...Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close There have been Legalett air-heated floors across Canada and the U.S. since the mid-70s, and even longer...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses