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What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...homes if it is near living areas Motor efficiency Warranty See this page on choosing between an HRV and ERV , a heat recovery ventilator or energy recov...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...homes in recent years and in one we used cork flooring (see our DIY cork flooring installation video here) , and the other we did polished concrete slab on grad...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...homes The short story is that cavity insulation is the way to do it, there aren’t a lot of affordable ways to do it from the outside since most solutions are ...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you put foil covered foam panels inside a framed wall?

...homes with vapor barriers can cause rot and mold, read more here . Thanks for your reply, it is not foil but heavy galv metal as it is walls from a reclaime...

Posted by William McCart Feb. 22, 2021, 12:38 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

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

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

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 hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...Homes for Human Comfort To be sure I understand your question, is this a new home build or a renovation project? If you are looking to install a hydronic radi...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...Homes? CLS wood is an acronym for Canadian Lumber Standard , and it is manufactured using Kiln-dried fir, Pine or Spruce, depending on the part of Canada it c...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Where can I find certified Green builders in Ontario?

...homes generally advertise as such, and they will often have logos on their websites indicating they have successfully built a Passive House or a LEED certified ...

Posted by David Gonzalez March 25, 2020, 4:14 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...homes than gutting it to run ducts. Ductless wall insert ERVs for renovations and new home builds This system works in pairs, where each unit has a ceramic ...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Should our HRV keep our humidity lower than 40%, even in the cold months?

...homes can be from drying building materials, and general human occupation of a home such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc, and whether or not you have suffici...

Posted by Kim Clement Feb. 8, 2021, 5:43 p.m. Ventilation 5 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

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Homes on a Budget How to Stay on Budget When Building a Home And for general design ideas, I’d say you are better off starting with a slab on grade and not ...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses