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

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

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

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

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...windows. Are you in an older house? Maybe one that needs but hasn’t had an energy retrofit? For perspective – A well-insulated home with good quality windows ...

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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...installing a poly vapor barrier on the outside of a building is not a wise. I’m wondering if perhaps you misread that? You should never put a vapor barrier on t...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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

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

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

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 it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...windows so they are not a problem to shim out. I doubt condensation in walls would be an issue with this plan Roger and Judy I would consider choosing a...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 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. Ventilation 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...windows (thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geoth...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

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

...installing radiant tubing between ceilings joists to warm the floor above, that wouldn’t be my first choice for a couple of reasons – it can be a real headache ...

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