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How to fix condensation on ceilings?

...how to fix it! Thank you Condensation in the home is bad news for sure, but for the moment you have two subjects here. One is the condensation issues , the seco...

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...to insulate and apply vapor barrier. I have to install studs to the interior of the block for seismic resistance and attach the studs to the block. The block wa...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...to incorporate as much green homer building techniques into the new house as possible. I don't know how to go about locating a competent builder, any ideas? Tha...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...to find out how much to build a small zero net home on land outside of Vancouver, sea to sky, who do I talk to? Is there a cost calculator or builders you can s...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...to build a house but I don’t really have an idea of how to price it out, is there a metric for figuring out what it will cost per square foot? I plan to have it...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a 3 season cottage?

...to add a little insulation but thickness is limited. Considering adding 1 ½" thick insulated Zipwall system which would also be added to roof before new slate i...

Posted by MARK E BROWN LLC Nov. 7, 2019, 4:57 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...to but its going to be at least 15k that I’d rather not spend if I don't have to. Thanks in advance. Windows need to be pretty bad in order to justify a full re...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...to start. The home will have to be 100% off grid due to location. Hopefully I'll be able to have a well. I currently own some solar panels and have access to ...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...to see if how your design would score. This step allows you to see where your design falls on the point scale, and to see if changes are necessary to help you m...

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

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...to use for the winter. I would check the weather stripping around the door, that may need to be replaced, which again, one would hope is something a landlord ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...to the insulation. The vapor barrier is dry to the touch from inside the basement. The answer is actually pretty easy but not one you probably want to hear, and...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 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?

...to that of the hood. Until you take steps to mitigate the influx of flue gasses, we would advise you to limit the use of your stove hood, or at the very least...

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

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

...together; However, this is not possible when just slapping on a piece of special tape. I struggle to believe that this tape will be able to keep the water that ...

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

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...to puncture it, and when you do, be sure to tape it. Try to avoid areas where mebranes are folded over, and when you do have to fold it, take great care to tape...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...tones to hold them together, which are at risk of freezing and cracking. Here is a page to start with that will explain that better – How to insulate a cinder...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...to strip it to the studs? And did you have a performance goal in mind (as in how many inches) or a budget limitation? Best is to strip it back to the sheathing ...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you build a flat roof in Miami Florida?

...to recover my pitched roof with Galvalume or something similar but I am really stumped as to how to approach my flat roof area where I now have standing water. ...

Posted by Michael Langlois Aug. 4, 2019, 11:52 a.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...to attach it to the wall and that the strapping is then attached to for installing siding. You would just screw it to the wall, then screw strapping to the same...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses