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

...is your home located? Are you switching your heat to electric as well? And how clean is the electricity in the grid where you are? Heat pumps are a very efficie...

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

What is the best material for flooring?

...isn’t impacted by radiant floors if you have them. If you choose wood flooring, we recommend using a natural non-toxic wood finishing oil instead of varnish for...

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

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...isk of condensation as well. It is great that this is on your radar and that you are doing your research, but I think you are over thinking it, as the solutio...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...is a very comfortable heat, so as you choose the more affordable fuel source and the system is properly designed to heat the space and the install cost is affor...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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

...is a lot to it, and it is honestly best left to those who do energy modelling. An example to look at would be our LEED V4 platinum Edelweiss House where we empl...

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

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...is also alters the humidity levels - which also change around a fair amount based on wind direction, temperature and how close we are to the lakes. So - this is...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...is? I’ve read some of your pages about avoiding condensation and moisture in walls so I am fairly aware of the issues but still not confident in what is the bes...

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

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...is the best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? Is traditional stick frame with dimensional lumber bet...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...is a full basement and the ceiling height is about 7 feet with above ground windows. I want to insulate from air and from water leaks. Any advice is apreciated....

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...is the best material (durable, high quality) to use for Water Resistive Barrier on top of Plywood? I have heard mixed reviews on Zip Systems as something produc...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate exterior walls of a mid-70's Pioneer Log home?

...is located in Thornbury Ont - 20km west of collingwood and is original. It is a 2 story on a slab. The first story is cinder block and the 2nd floor is the log ...

Posted by Keith McDevitt Nov. 15, 2020, 12:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...ist studio in the space and I am wondering what is the best way to cover up the insulation without boxing in the pipes that cross lower than the ceiling joists....

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

My window drips when I run my air conditioning. What is the fix?

...iss to have moisture forming on the interiors of your windows when the AC is running. What is happening (I believe) is that the interior is so cool that conde...

Posted by Sean Sullivan Aug. 27, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...is the poly necessary on the wall? I wanted to find out what is required, I like the idea of Rockwool all the way, but if it is better to go with EPS then bats....

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...is a cement pour in the 70s or 80s? Each floor is about 20'x40'. Total of 2400 sq.ft. Flat roof. Pretty big backyard. Ceiling height on main floor is 10.5' and ...

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

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...is this ok because by all that I have read now that that isn't a good combo in a basement and wasn't sure if the tar paper even really did anything or its an ol...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...ish the room. Thanks Bricks as an exterior finish is 3 times the cost and 3 times the value of any other cladding, so I wouldn’t get rid of it on a whim. If...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...isture, so the source of the moisture is not something like a washing machine, it is the porous concrete floor and walls absorbing moisture, which then migrates...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses