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What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...ind that solution has much of an impact on comfort. Investing in energy efficient upgrades might bring greater comfort, as well as be the best bet financially i...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...in place, think of another way to bring air into the house when the hood is running. For a hood with a capacity of 400 cfm or more, it may be necessary to insta...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...ing some reading and I think I should install an HRV, I have on older home (1970s) and it doesn't have one, wondering what I should be looking for. thanks Choos...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...Insulating hot water pipe s can show a savings of up to 20% on your total water heating costs . There are a few products used for insulating water lines , lik...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

...ing up the aging process? A very simple way to give wood an aged look is to apply an oxidizing solution. Here is an easy recipe that requires only two ingredi...

Posted by Claire Dec. 11, 2017, 3:38 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...into building a slab instead of a basement as it virtually eliminates your risk of flooding, but if you’re building a basement I would install a sump pump with ...

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

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...ings of not pouring the 4' frost wall and wante to do infloor heating. Since the slab need to be insulated all around, a builder told me he would not recommend ...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...install the double pipe grey water recycling system that you referred to in your article on grey water recycling. Also, we are installing an incinerating toilet...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...in the winter also bringing a further energy savings. Especially as a house is often empty during the day when the greatest Solar energy gain is available to th...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...include ICF walls basement to roof, infloor heating in basement, geothermal heating (closed loop, 6 wells 200 ft deep), triple E argon windows, R50 attic insula...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...ind driven rain from that side then it would definitely increase the risk of moisture damage when building in a wet region like yours. There may also be trees o...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...install windows in our Edelweiss House videos. If you did then you know we tried two approaches, backer rod and caulking as well as taping the window to the rou...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...ing again in life and I am doing Renovation at college (at age 47) which covers sustainable construction. I liked the earthship idea but have read the flaws in ...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...ing soda into the drain (if it will fit) , then pour in about a cup of vinegar. Quickly put the stopper back in if you can to contain the reaction within the pi...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...insulation and a parallel sloping truss roof 15 inches deep again filled with dense pack cellulose and may also incorporate 3 inches of foam insulation first to...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...in ceiling. Thanks. What you are referring to is often called the ‘sweet spot’ in home design for choosing the right amount of insulation . To determine the i...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...ind of outdoor plywood, concrete floor and metal pump pan. The building is on posts. Need to determine best way to insulate along studs in bunker and floor jois...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can I regulate my heat/ air exchanger?

...ing for so long and then shut off? I have COPD and the air in our house is so dry that it is making my breathing worse. I really don't want to shut it off compl...

Posted by Paula Pearcey March 27, 2021, 6:28 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses