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What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...in mind that you'd recommend? If you’re looking to learn what is the best home insulation , you’ll find a list of the pros and cons of different types of insula...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...ing in most new home construction nowadays since it is so much faster and cheaper to install than copper piping . The main speed advantage with installing pex t...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...ince both those areas are more prone to having standing water than in living areas. Here is our page about choosing flooring to see the options- How to choose...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...ind what you need on this page - 10 top tips for deck building so they last longer There are a few minor tips for deck building that can greatly extend the ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...investment of $4000 is too high The street wise contractors say, just open a window In Aug 2019 we installed a mini-split which heats the upstairs 800 sq fe...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What size of lot is needed for the Eco habitat 1600?

...in Muskoka ,On, Canada. I am hoping I will be able to get the ECO 1650 installed on it. As If I need the little lot beside me is only 80 foot of water frontage....

Posted by Andrew Wallace July 21, 2020, 9:59 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Should you keep duct work out of the attic?

...in the conditioned space. Running heating vents through a frozen attic would result in significant heat loss, and in hot climates, running air conditioning duct...

Posted by Frank Liu July 23, 2020, 8:53 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best heat pump hot water heater for an all electric house?

...installed to help achieve LEED V4 Platimum in a demonstration home – Air to air heat pump and heat pump water heater working in tandem As for tankless heate...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Is it possible to do a mono pour if you have a covered porch?

...ing a minor complication like wanting to do interior and exterior pours at the same time I would specify with the designers as well before they begin drawing pl...

Posted by Frank Gascon Aug. 10, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

...insulation type to create a thermal break / if that rigid insulation should be breathable. Trying to avoid moisture condensing inside the walls. We live in NW...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How can I find a natural pool designer?

...ind a natural pool installer along with your location or the closest city. Designing a backyard swimming pond will be different in all cases so it is something ...

Posted by James Ford-Hutchinson Aug. 14, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 3 Responses

Where can I get wood planks for a ceiling?

...ing or ceiling finishing wood online , or use barn boards, the options are pretty endless. You can even cover ceilings with finishing grade plywood.

Posted by zulie alnahas Aug. 23, 2020, 6:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...ing at the top of the insulation. If that is the case, laying SIPs or ThermalWall panels on the sheathing won't do anything at all since cold air would be flowi...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Do you have an updated recommendation for attaching exterior mineral wool insulation?

...ineral wool insulation on the LEED Platinum Edelweiss House worked well, but was pretty labour intensive. There are a few options for attaching rigid insulation...

Posted by Fred D Aug. 31, 2020, 1:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF block construction walls and my footing?

...insulated footing under ICF block construction walls allows thermal bridging into the concrete core of the wall allowing energy stored in the thermal mass to bl...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

How can I insulate an interior back wall that is NOW an exterior back wall?

...interior porch torn down and had an exterior porch built. Now the back wall to the building is letting in cold air. I need to insulate the building. When renova...

Posted by Sabrina Ross Sept. 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?

...ing pond building guide , and it will likely answer all your questions, but – are you asking how to prevent it from caving in after you’ve dug the hole but befo...

Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...ing affected by frost heaves. We are also planning to polish and finish the concrete flooring as our finished floor so keeping it in good condition o finish is ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses