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Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...ing, it is then condensing and depositing ice within your roof over the course of the winter, which then melts and rains down on you during the first warm sprin...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...in mind (as in how many inches) or a budget limitation? Best is to strip it back to the sheathing then choose an insulation material, weather barrier, strapping...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...initely dripping with consensation post-shower, and the stairwell one is also showing condensation damage with paint bubbling up around it. And they let in a lo...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...in it and help you find an easy solution - How to Prevent Thermal Bridging in Homes and Save Energy Beyond just heat loss, thermal bridging through insulate...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you combine a natural swimming pool with a rainwater harvesting garden?

...ing pool and a rainwater harvesting garden / system cannot be combined into one area. If you mean feeding rainwater into your natural pool from roof runoff, I w...

Posted by Kitty Bridgens Feb. 7, 2019, 4:23 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

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

...in winter and cooler in summer. After that, I would look to fit light coloured blinds or curtains if you've any large south facing older windows - and if it's...

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

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...inor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with concrete for strength, in addition to repairing the grout. Thanks in advance Hi Nina, Th...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Do you have on a category on insulating vans?

...ing advance and sustainable building practices but we can offer some insight. Given the highway limitations in terms of vehicle width, it is difficult to insu...

Posted by chantal fortier April 14, 2019, 2:08 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...in regards to permitting, because they provide stamped engineering documents as well as installation directions. Having that in-hand may help you jump through h...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...ince you are building this yourself I assume you have building skills and ingenuity, so I just wanted to pitch you the idea of somehow incorporating mass (stone...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - or one big one?

...ing off well water there is an increased risk of them breaking down if there is high mineral content in the water. I installed one in my own house (it was not c...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...in US dollars, and again, that doesn’t include installation. We are involved with a solar panel installation in Maine, US, to help a homeowner achieve a goal ...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...ine for inspiration, then once you have a general design you find appealing, you could then green home building techniques to that design. We would recommend yo...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...in mind, I keep wondering about possible flooding entering the furnace. I'm planning drains near the water heater and washing machine for any mishaps, but what'...

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

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...in a cold climate - Winnipeg Manitoba, and intend to install radiant heat in the concrete slab. As my basement is below the frost line, I’m not sure if insulati...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...ingers in their adorable little mouths, or your mouth on occasion too J With a bit of price shopping you should be able to find something in the $1.50 - $1.75...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you insulate a cathedral ceiling?

...ing. I'm leaning towards not venting my cathedral ceiling and using closed-cell spray foam insulation. My walls are double 2x4 stud walls 12 inches deep and w...

Posted by Raoul Lions Oct. 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...ing fiberglass batt insulation back in the cavities over the foam? 3. Leave it as is and insulate the new wall that will be framed in front of existing wall a...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses