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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 an Earthship?

...How much money do we need? Any ideas or brainstorms are welcome. An Earthship is not an affordable home to build, nor is it a sensible, comfortable or durable o...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do I find a Passivhaus designer to create a set of plans?

...to spec insulation/rvalues and complete a set of plans To find a Passive House designer near you, I would first check on this page here about how to find buildi...

Posted by tony wolff Feb. 23, 2021, 10:20 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How do I find a contractor to install a permeable walkway and driveway?

...to upgrade my current walkway and driveway to manage storm water. The Ecohome Network green building directory will help you find reputable green builders and i...

Posted by Mohammad Murtaza Feb. 20, 2021, 2:13 p.m. Permeable laneways and patios 1 Responses

How much for a 1200 square foot house will it cost me to finish the slab

...to.

Posted by Walter Hale Oct. 1, 2020, 7:20 p.m. Slab on Grade 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 do I close the gap from the exterior cladding overhang to the foundation?

...tone so the cladding would stop about 400mm up from ground level, my question is how do i close the gap from the exterior cladding to the stone, as there woul...

Posted by derek hill April 2, 2021, 1:05 p.m. 0 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 make an airtight house envelope?

...to find knowledgeable professional to make airtight passive house. Luckily I was around to correct below ground insulation in time before slab was poured, but n...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 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 2 Responses

How do you polish a concrete slab to be a finished interior concrete floor?

...to get to a finished floor you are happy with rather than grinding the entire tops surface. Filling divots in a slab on grade home can be a simple matter of u...

Posted by Betsy Lund May 20, 2020, 2:13 a.m. Flooring and stairs 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

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...how much you want to invest in home improvements. So below are a series of links to pages that will help you get off in the right direction. To find out how m...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How do you install rigid insulation to the outside of a brick house"

...to dry to the exterior. We can try to help a bit more, but can you let us know what climate zone / city you are in? That’s a determining factor for how much ins...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...to attach, are perfect for insulation as well as vapor protection. And you can read here to find out how to choose the right rigid foam insulation for the rig...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 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

Should I get an HRV or an ERV?

...to have an HRV Heat recovery ventilator or ERV energy recovery ventilator, depends on the humidity of your climate and of your home. And ERV will keep the hum...

Posted by RUPINDER ARORA March 12, 2021, 10:23 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...how to reduce this noise? Also, what should I specify to my builders about the roof to get the best quality? Thanks Is this a new or home or existing and yo...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses