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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 can I find a natural pool designer?

...toy, we missed this question - you may want to look for natural pools inspiration here - or we also have a useful page about how to save energy for swimming poo...

Posted by James Ford-Hutchinson Aug. 14, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 3 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 you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...to be clear when you say the 'top of the Roxul', the top horizontal edge of the slab insulation has more insulation sitting on top, so there is no exposed 'top'...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...to raise any wood flooring above the surface of the concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...how to build basements properly - How to insulate a basement and protect it against water damage and flooding Bulk water directed towards your foundation wi...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 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 you determine the thickness of concrete for slab on grade construction?

How would you determine the thickness for a new construction of a slab on grade that will have only liquid forces acting down on it? I don’t know what you mean...

Posted by Ackeem Beason Feb. 16, 2021, 2:46 a.m. Slab on Grade 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

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...how I can build a passive house in Boston on a tight budget? Local builders here are too expensive. Thank you We can’t help you find local builders, but some of...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you install windows with SIP exterior insulation?

...to add comfort board or similar to outside of SIP, and if so how do u deal with window set back?

Posted by tony wolff March 8, 2021, 4:18 p.m. Walls and Roofs 0 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...To stop your chimney from being a major source of heat loss you need to insulate inside the chimney from the top and bottom, in addition to insulating the exter...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

How do I find a reliable house inspector in Ottawa, Ontario?

...to you to choose wisely. One of the best ways to choose any kind of contractor is to get referrals from friends, family members and colleagues. They will more t...

Posted by Christa Mooney April 3, 2021, 1:17 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...to feed pre-heated or pre-cooled air into an HRV. They work well to help reduce heating and cooling costs, however, there are air quality concerns if they are n...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

How do know if I have a gas leak ? It's a ventless heater

...to gas simply to alert occupants to a leak. We have no option but to suggest you err on the side of caution, I just can't help you with how. As for the heater...

Posted by Margherita Sewell Jan. 29, 2021, 4:59 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do I apply for the Canada grant to get renovations done?

...how do i apply for a grant to get all this work done? To find out how to apply for home renovation tax credits and financial incentives and to learn what home r...

Posted by Debbie Brown Sept. 7, 2021, 11:52 a.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

...to read that may help – How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces There are some specific radon gas mitigation techniques for existing homes t...

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

How you vent a metal roof?

...how to choose the best insulation ) You would then need to add sheathing and a drainage plane, then the strapping and metal. here is our page about How to choos...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses