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What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...homes such as passive house , and designing a home for passive solar heat collection will keep your energy costs at a minimum and also help it stay warm in the ...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...homes in hot humid climates that rely on air conditioning for human comfort, that vapour barrier is effectively on the wrong side in the cooling season. Learn i...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 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

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 hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

I am working on studying the possibility of targeting platinum level for new single house. Is it possible to submit the application by homeowner to get certifi...

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...homes Teams taking the Living Building Challenge often need solid wood cabinetry because formaldehyde is on the Red List of materials , which includes phenol ...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...homes, with that you would get a notice as soon as we have more to offer. Hope that helps!

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Do you sell and ship kits in the southwest United States?

...homes to the Southern US in the near future, You may have already seen the above page with kit house models but if you submit a request for a quote or join ecoh...

Posted by Tracey Locke May 31, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...Homes need fresh air for durability and humans need it for health. So if you are either heating or cooling a house with no HVAC system you are left with one sol...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...homes shipped in the near future but we are looking at other suppliers to ramp up our production. What I would recommend is to join the Ecohome Network as a mem...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...homes are trickier to find. So you are best to source them online and they get shipped directly to you. And, I woul say it really is worth it. The solvents in l...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...homes it can make sense, but for a modest sized home, the return on investment may be quite far away and you are often better to invest in better insulation, wi...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

...homes . From the concerns you list off of fire, moisture control, high R value and low VOCs I think your best bet would probably be to go with a Rockwool minera...

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?

...homes in different regions of Quebec, and according to our engineer, when you factor the Air Freezing Index (AFI), the cost of insulation and the cost of heatin...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021, 7:38 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How do I apply for a free energy audit?

...Homes Grant 2021 - How to Apply Step by Step What is offered changes fast as elected officials change – and that can be from top level government to city coun...

Posted by Mary Wong Oct. 15, 2021, 11:49 a.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

...Homes Engineered stone is a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an polymer resin. Some versions use cement mix as the binder. Marble an...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses