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Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

We are renovating a house, and moving in fairly soon. We live in Southern California, and I want to avoid toxic materials, particularly in the bedrooms. Can't ...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

I have a house to sell, I already have contract. we stayed 13 years in that home with full finished basement. In Radon test result is 7.5pCi/L . What should we...

Posted by Uma Parekh May 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Where can I find salt water batteries?

...house. I am very interested in the company you spoke about. Thanks! Shelley The arrival of saltwater home solar batteries on the market for home power storage w...

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...house for the longest period of time. My wife is not a fan of concrete/tile floors within the main living areas of the house. Are there alternative options? We ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

I am replacing the windows and siding on my house built in 1994. The wall construction from interior to exterior is 1/2 " drywall, 2x3 strapping filled with fi...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...house (which is nearing completion) where we used a raft slab from Legalett . We chose that partly for performance, but also because the house is seated on expa...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

...house and are wondering if you can insulate under slab with foam polyurethane. If not, why? When building a slab on grade, EPS rigid foam insulation is the most...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

After reading about vapor retarding primers on ecohome I am sold on using this technique to air-seal my 50's house after doing renovation work. The missing par...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...house half way through the house, and a shallower slab along the northern side of the house? Would this 4 feet of TM suck too much thermal mass? I imagine our h...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

We are starting construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...house. Normally, four our houses here, we design them with 8" of concrete basements above grade, and I know that my boss was worried about the slab itself only ...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

I recently bought a 100 year old small stone house a few hundred meters from the shore of Georgian Bay. It has a shallow crawl space which is about 20" deep. A...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...house was build around 2000, unfotenatelly I don't have a plan of the house. Do you know if there is any other difficulty in this project? I've planned to ins...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

I am going to be building my corewood home soon but I wood like to get the floor plan down before I start getting the materials for the house so I can gage out...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...house can breath. What is the right course of action? Thank you Can you please explain a bit better what the mold expert told you? by "on top" of the framing do...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 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

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

We have a 50 year old house and our roof was redone 10 years ago and found the roof structure was damaged by ants. We saw them a lot back then but we didn’t se...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...house. We plan to replace the single pane wood frame windows when updating the outside of our home. Located in northern Alberta. Hey Rebekah, I think effectivel...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses