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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 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

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

Good morning, I bought an older house (built 1965) in September 2018 and shortly after moving in (mid October), I was experiencing extreme joint pains. Stran...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...homes with air condition are a problem in some locations, what climate zone or city are you in? We also have this page on wood as an alternative to drywall fo...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...homes, and the Hydraloop Residential Grey Water Recovery System is a brilliant product. I think your best bet at this point is to contact a septic engineer , as...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...homes are delivered by developers. And here’s my final pitch - on an unheated slab on grade, no matter how well-insulated it is it will be cool on your feet, ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...homes & for building new homes with high performance insulation systems such as Passive House or LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with dense packed...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Homes Preventing Mold when you Insulate your Basement Building Better Basements: How to Insulate your Basement Properly Hi Mike, thank you for...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...homes But to speak to the products you mention - Rockwool isn’t the cheapest, it also isn’t the highest R value, but it’s a workhorse of an insulation product...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 9 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...homes to meet the needs of individual families. Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale We have had a lot of requests for quotes for the various mode...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Should you seal all rods and penetrations for a radon barrier?

...homes and have an effective radon barrier, you would need to seal all holes protruding through the radon barrier or membrane. And by that, please know I mean ‘d...

Posted by D H Dec. 25, 2020, 9:08 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Where to find non electric pellet stoves?

...homes

Posted by Denise DeStefanis Sept. 30, 2021, 4:04 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 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

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