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What do you think about SIP framing system?

...homes, or partially prefabricated walls, there are many ways to build. The industry is moving towards prefabricated homes because they can often be a higher qua...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How do you fix radon in a basement?

...homes if your basement is already finished. There is one product that does what I believe you are asking, the Radon Block membrane prevents radon from passing...

Posted by Ej Weiss Aug. 11, 2021, 7:14 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...homes, we often recommend Mineral wool (often referred to as Roxul or Rockwool). We like it for the very reasons you mention, that it isn’t harmed by moisture a...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 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

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

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