Hot water / Discussions

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...water heat pump water heater? Increased efficiency with an air source heat pump and heat pump water heater working in tandem A heat pump water heater will a...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...hot water (rather than hot air) through our radiant flooring; the up-front cost for panels and inverters is higher, but it seems to me the falling prices of PV ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...hot topic with some differing opinions. The ZIP System is a structural sheathing intended for walls and roofs, with an OSB base and WRB (weather resistive membr...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...water noise, which one is quieter? Water quality/freshness. Durability etc. Hi there Babak, I think the choice between a plastic material and copper is a very...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...water heating, cooking, drying etc) So the whole house electrical load (heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying - everything ) comes to under $600 a yea...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...hot and cold water feeds to your faucets, copper replaced lead decades ago, and what you are seeing now are PEX pipes ( cross-linked polyethylene). The joints...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...hot water in the mix), and we did an air heated radiant floor by Legalett , so we were also able to heat it immediately, that’s not something you can do with a ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...hot air out of the house. To stop your chimney from being a major source of heat loss you need to insulate inside the chimney from the top and bottom, in additi...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...hot climate and like to keep your at 68F in the summer time, you’ll need a system that reflects that. There are design considerations that will help enormously ...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...hot water baseboard heat from adjacent room. Also , project is located in 6b region, nort New Jersey Hey Austin, so are you leaving the crawl space cold then? C...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...water from our lake. We close down the cottage for the winter and drain the water for the season, we would love to insulate and try to make it a 4 season cottag...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...Hot roof). Both exterior and interior will be clad with log siding. I wanted to use wood windows to maintain as much as a rustic feel as possible. Everything ...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...hot at an explanation anyway. The intake and exhaust direction never change, so what leaves the HRV or ER V is nothing but stale air you are exhausting to the e...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...water heater, lighting, heating) comes to just over $500 per year. Read more about the LEED Platinum Edelweiss house heating and electrical systems here . If ...

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

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...hot and humid climate with a certain amount heating days, so you’re obviously doing more cooling than heating, which will impact the ‘ ideal basement wall assem...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...hot topic that often brings dissagreement, but we like that though! So much so that we have a page highlighting the pros and cons, check it out - Slab on Grad...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...hot and humid, that warm moist air can find its way through a wall assembly until it reaches the cool vapour barrier, where it is at risk of condensing. You def...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...hot and cold air and clients won't call the back saying it isn't 'hot enough' or 'cool enough'. But systems that are over-sized for the space they service will ...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses