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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 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 hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...towards certification by having an AP on your design team, but it isn't mandatory. Here is a page to get you started - How to build a LEED Certified Home Wh...

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

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...to the wall plates and install the Larsen Trusses / Cellulose insulation. I’m still looking at the Rockwool Comfort Board 80 option too. Would it work to use...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...to your window is a bit confusing, here is our video guide page on passive solar basics – How to build a passive solar home The short story is, that if the ...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses

How do you maintain a man-made pond?

...How do we maintain this and how do we make sure it's safe to swim in? We also are hoping to pump from the pond to place into food-grade barrels to use for outdo...

Posted by Jillian Kaufman June 22, 2020, 8:57 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 0 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

How do you add an Air Exchanger to a house with Hot Water Heat?

...to get some info from your local building inspector. The Lunos I mentioned above is a great system but it’s hit and miss for getting building inspectors to sign...

Posted by Bob Engelhart June 17, 2020, 10:08 a.m. Ventilation 3 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...Toronto. We had some water issues and I've opened up the walls where I found some mould to see that the previous owners installed batt insulation directly onto ...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

how do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...to pour......if you have any thoughts other than demo it.....I would like to hear them .....Thanks !! The only feasible way to put a radiant slab on grade floor...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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

...top and infill with a compacted stone topper at the bottom 2' you should be able to create your flat platform for the slab on grade. What you could also do is e...

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

what would a saltwater home battery bank be for solar applications?

...to power a home there are some variables that needs to be entered, the fridge is just a part of it. A solar installer will ask you to provide an idea of how muc...

Posted by Jordon Morishita June 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. Renewable energy 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 can I prevent animals from getting behind the siding on my house?

...to help with moisture control. What is the best way to prevent rodents from getting into that space and using it as a highway

Posted by Connie Curtin Feb. 22, 2020, 1:52 p.m. Pest control 0 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...to carry weight without sagging depends on how they are fastened and if they are resting on anything solid. Here is a video describing how to install Larsen Tru...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...to look into have LEED or Passive House ready prefab modular kit home delivered instead of doing a site build if you can't find a suitable general contractor. B...

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