Installing windows / Discussions

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

I have a 120 yr old home with a dirt crawl space that is completely dry, no Mold in the entire home, has new windows and new insulation in the attic. I have st...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Are there auto balancing ERV/HRV system?

I'm in the phase of developing a new residential project; airtight building envelope with more than ample insulation. In doing so, I've discussed installing an...

Posted by Aldoogie Feb. 15, 2021, 3:56 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

...windows were replaced by the previous owner and their frames were left out about 1 7/8" to 2" from the face of the wall in preparation for styrofoam and siding....

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...windows, but the bottom of those windows is nearly at-grade. That wall is still full-height poured concrete. The rest of the basement is below-grade. We aren'...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...windows, R50 attic insulation, etc. However, the coax coil in the geothermal system has rusted out which I understand the system need to be replaced. It also ...

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

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

...windows by the builder? If we install triple pane windows, do I still need to install double windows for each opening to retain the envelope? I am looking for a...

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

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...windows with 5x2 foot awning style windows below and above for ventilation. Low-E coatings are something we always recommend whether you’re installing double or...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...windows , but the short story is as follows: Triple pane windows from our research will usually pay for themselves in the long run, as will gas filled windows. ...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

I have a new house (self-built) on a concrete slab insulated with R22 rockwool and R3 panel insulation. The windows are double glazed wood and aluminum. I do n...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...windows. Is it a good idea to use a venting skylight or someother similar vent product to accomplish this? Many thanks for your help Fred van Velsen Skylights...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...windows. This page explains in simple terms all about human comfort in homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house? Maybe one...

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

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

Ive been a Plasterer for 30yrs and always wrapped and flashed windows to protect from water intrusion. Yet I see roofers doing it wrong, painters attempting it...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...installing one? 2) If so, any tips on how to go about it? or particular brands/systems you'd recommend? We always recommend installing an HRV or ERV in any home...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...windows on this one), intead of from the roof. Thank you! Removing radon gas with sub-slab suction is not something we would call ‘easy’; and our first reco...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...installing siding. You would just screw it to the wall, then screw strapping to the same panel for installing future siding, which sure makes the job quicker. ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...windows, and around any plumbing and ventilation openings. Over top of the exterior air barrier you can then add the rigid insulation boards you choose. Our p...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted gravel already down for the slab to sit on, s...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Should I densepack wall cavities prior to exterior insulation?

...windows and siding, so figured an external layer of insulation would be a worthy investment. The plan for now is strip back to sheathing, new self adhesive WRB,...

Posted by Gordon McNair April 13, 2021, 9:21 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses