Insulation levels / Posts

The Kenogami house costs

...levels of performance (and then some), but it does go beyond what we consider to be a resonable return on investment in terms of insulation levels. That said ...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...insulation is if you didn’t include a vapour barrier on the warm side of the insulation, meaning between the joists before the insulation. And due to the stac...

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...insulation on the exterior of a 2x6 wall, so we installed a plywood extension to allow the window to sit solidly, partly over the exterior board insulation. Our...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Testing for radon gas after renovations

I plan on improving insulation to the point of needing an air exchanger. I thought it best to test for radon gas after I've tightened up the major air leakage ...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside

...levels of glazings are often 2x6 for this reason. The best is to drop the large windows and go for smaller openings, but the building site was just begging for ...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Insulating under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation

...insulation (where and when it is needed). This is exactly how we would build a slab, so we rely on insulation to protect the building from frost damage rather t...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Using EPS in basement: Non-continuous

...insulation types? (Old Poly vapour sheet and fibreglass insulation vs new Rockwool and EPS) How do address the areas where the EPS is adjacent to the old insu...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

We're soon building a slab on grade foundation for our new cabin in Montana and I've decided to sit it on a 4" EPS foam insulation so the slab will retain some...

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

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...insulation levels, and if it has been damaged in anyway. Slabs also tend to be closer to the ground that a standard foundation, so I would inspect the bottom ...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation?

...insulation levels. Best practices for insulating would be very different for example between Southern Ontario and Nothern Ontario. You may have seen this, but...

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

High humidity levels and coldness

...insulation in the basement has been removed and replaced with spray foam insulation; the foundation around my house on the outside surface has been waterproofed...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...insulation, a drainage matt and weeping tile. You can see a detail of that here on our page about how to insulate basements properly . Having a professional (...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

We are starting construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...levels of insulation in the floor to meet the same standard of efficiency and comfort as a slab-on-grade. It will also be more subject to air leakage, so be sur...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Dense Pack Cellulose Wall insulation

On this page of your site ( www.ecohome.net/guides/2266/dense-packed-cellulose-insulation-wall-systems/ ) you show an exterior wall with 10" plate & sill and t...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels

...levels, builders often look for a higher R value per dollar wall assembly. If you are planning ICF and Passive house, I would suggest having a look at Therm...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 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 Anonymous April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Considering a slab on grade vs a basement

...insulation skirt. Instead of digging down to build a footing and have your load bear below the frost line, you can just lay down a sheet of insulation and move ...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses
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