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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 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...how to prevent the problem. I am looking for a strategy to remediate the mould issue on the particle board. Thanks Newly constructed walls can be subject to moi...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...tors like to see but it also allows some moisture to escape if needed - or check out this vapor permeable vapor barrier too . Below is a chart of how material...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...tore, I don't want to grow them in my walls. So start here with the building science basics, we've made it simple (and even fun we think) to learn - How to pr...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...tor has pitched you the idea then they obiously have a plan on how to carry it out, so I would propose you speak to them to find out what they have in mind, and...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...torms, but it is impossible to predict levels of precipitation long into the future except to say that it doesn’t look good. If your house is above grade and no...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...to make it a smooth experience for their customers, so I understand that if you receive any resistance from your municipal inspector that they will go to bat fo...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...to build a single-story house with a walk-out basement. Southern Ontario and we have full unobstructed southern sun exposure. Do you have any other tips to cons...

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

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...tors)? -epa certified wood fireplace insert (or pellet)/or woodstove (I intend to get one of these anyway) Would it be enough to get a Mr.Slim type system w...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...to walk on it on occasion it will be less likely to get damaged. Here are a couple of other relevant pages you may want to check out: How to remove Radon ...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...to create an air space so the exterior of the wall can dry. Here is our how to install siding properly video , and another on how to install a weather barrier ....

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you do off grid water and waste management?

...to put in a green water collections and water and waste management system can you advice what is the best one to go with and an idea of cost in B.C. Canada

Posted by suzanne Gardner-Clark Sept. 9, 2020, 4:47 p.m. 0 Responses

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...to size restraints. In such a case if you need to do it anyway, I would say hemp insulation is a pretty good choice as it has a really good capacity to store ...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Where can I sell windows- Brand New, unopened?

...to buy or sell un-used building materials online or materials reclaimed from home renovations and demolitions, this page will give you some good ideas on how to...

Posted by Michael Parnell Sept. 9, 2020, 9:52 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

I live in Puerto Rico. Is there any prefab that will withstand hurricane??

...to increase our supply , how far we can supply them, and to have kit houses for all climates and weather conditions. So we don’t have any at this instant, but i...

Posted by Laura Prado Sept. 15, 2020, 5:58 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...to check with a paint or floor finishing store to see if they have ideas too. Worst case scenario is that it doesn’t work, and from there maybe you may have to ...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...to the rim joists. This space is now wonderful to live in. However, at -40, we experience frost and freezing temperatures on the main floor in the corners of ...

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

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...to replace windows and when to repair them In order to be able to carry the load and transfer it to the support members on either side, it needs to be sized c...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses