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Do you have an updated recommendation for attaching exterior mineral wool insulation?

...House worked well, but was pretty labour intensive. There are a few options for attaching rigid insulation to the exterior of houses, one would be using fibergl...

Posted by Fred D Aug. 31, 2020, 1:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can these be built in California or Washington?

...houses are available in Washington and California? If so, when are you building? We hope to be able to provide high performance modular prefab kit houses to in ...

Posted by Steven J July 4, 2020, 10:24 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Where can I find green house builder in Loma Linda Ca?

...House. And if you find a Passive House designer ask them about builders they may recommend, and conversely, if you find a builder you trust ask them if they hav...

Posted by Yasmeen Zahid July 2, 2020, 1:59 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

Where can I find a prefab home in Canada?

I have lakefront property and I was thinking of a prefab home. Modern. What should I be asking and what are the pitfalls? I love this one: L’Abri 1850-BV But c...

Posted by Kathleen Thomas June 27, 2020, 9:45 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

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

...houses in our Kit home pages are available in Quebec, Ontario and Northern States such as New York State, New Hampshire Vermont and Maine. You can see all the m...

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

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...house I would start on this page here , its the best tiny house we have seen - How to build tiny houses on Wheels for cold climates And on the other side of...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

How can I prevent animals from getting behind the siding on my house?

I am having an older home resided. At this point there is no strapping between the sheathing and siding, but I want that added to help with moisture control. W...

Posted by Connie Curtin Feb. 22, 2020, 1:52 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

I bought an old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...house is located in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Per code the wood does touch the top of the concrete wall that makes up the subgrade floor. It's pressu...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...house in New Brunswick. We don't have green home plans to offer sorry, but you should check out our prefab LEED and Passive House ready kit houses . Some of the...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Where would I apply for interest free loan?

We will be building a new home soon. We want to make the house green. I don't fully understand sorry. Do you mean you are hoping to get an interest free bank l...

Posted by Pat Morrison Aug. 31, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Grants and incentives 3 Responses

What is your advice on exterior wall insulation for a tiny home?

...Houses Good for the Environment? Here is a Tiny house designed by an Ottawa University architecture student, it is the best tiny house we’ve seen so far - H...

Posted by Mitch Fowler Aug. 27, 2020, 7:04 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

I have a single-family house built in 1961 and it has an oil heating furnace. When I renovated my kitchen I had a stove hood installed that vents directly to t...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

Allergic to chemically treated wood, CODE requires PWF on concreted slab before house can be built Where are you building where code says such a thing? I don't...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...House spec without it costing a dime extra overall" house next year in Northern Minnesota as we will then be fitting PV solar panels to bring it to zero net ene...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...house is only 3 years old so the French drains shouldn't be clogged, though the ground does not slope away from the foundation so we know we will have to change...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Do you need an HRV or ERV in a 68 year old home?

...house with brick exterior walls and plaster interior walls. I'm assuming the insulation is rock wool with paper. My house can get dry in the winter sometimes wi...

Posted by Gary Szymkowski Nov. 1, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...house then shut off for long periods of time letting the house cool down? If that is part of the problem, switching to electronic thermostats may be the best fi...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses