How to / Discussions

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...to build up. Assuming soil conditions allow for it, you would simply need to add the desired amount of compactable fill to bring it up to the level you’d like. ...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...to building my first home and am just starting to plan my layout. I thought to copy the old bank barn style and have my house built into a north facing hill. Th...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...to the wall being so close to grade, I worry about water pooling inside the sill of the wall. What is the proper way to design a slab on grade to prevent water ...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...to be closer to the ground that a standard foundation, so I would inspect the bottom of the siding to see if there is moisture damage. I would also ask for an...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

...total) of rigid insulaton, offset seams on top of 1 X 8 sheathing. Seams of top layer would be taped / sealed. Layer of Roofing Paper / Water screen followed by...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...too short (or perhaps too long) to spend it with cold feet. See this page to learn more – Choosing the best heating system - How to design a home for thermal ...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...to read and reply to my post. The basement floor / area is not finished, nor is it used as a living space. The height from the floor to the bottom of floor jois...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...to the inside, but I would add as a caveat – they don’t actually need to dry. We say they can only ‘dry to the inside’ because they simply can’t dry to the outs...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

...how to insulate a crawl space – Crawlspaces are very rare as part of a new home construction nowadays in USA & Canada. If you've got one here's how to fix it ...

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you deal with a house under negative pressure?

...to escape. Ultimately you need to provide a route fo the air to escape, one of your choosing or it will find one that is less favorable to you. A return air ven...

Posted by Connie Taylor April 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...to design, more to build, more to heat and more to cool. So my first tip would be to build the size of house you want to live in. As for structures, builders al...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...how to ventilate an attic properly to make sure you don’t get a build up of moisture . Is the radiant barrier you mention a ‘foil barrier’ on the floor of the...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...to the exterior. Here is our page about how to install exterior siding so it can dry. You also mention using Tyvek, I would also point you to this page about ...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...to this page about thermal comfort and performance – How to design a home for thermal comfort If you are talking about a two-story house then you would need...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...to the rim joists to stop air leakage while you still have access to them. If you were going to install batts in the cavities before rigid insulation boards, I ...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...to Install two inches of rigid insulation board directly against concrete. A mold expert told me to put the board on top of the framing, not directly onto the c...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Where would I apply for interest free loan?

...to the above statement in the ecohome article so curious what this incentive is and how to aply. From the ecohome site: 0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renov...

Posted by Pat Morrison Aug. 31, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Grants and incentives 3 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...to solar collection potential). Am I crazy? Brian We haven't seen any great results when trying to marry solar air heaters to an HRV . To achieve a similar re...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses