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Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...ised bungalow. We have a fully insulated (with spray foam) basement up to the rim joists. This space is now wonderful to live in. However, at -40, we experi...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...ists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam boards on the walls, sealing the floor. There is no moisture only when I put a piece of plastic ...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...is to create a such sustainable home or homes, and the Hydraloop Residential Grey Water Recovery System is a brilliant product. I think your best bet at this po...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...ished and one unfinished. I removed all the flooring in the finished section, cut and removed the gyprock and insulation three feet off the ground, and disinfec...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...iss Demonstration house that we built in 2015, it is a super-insulated slab floor with radiant heat, and the cooling is all provided by a combination of air sou...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...is measured by the right amount and proper applications of insulation and a focus on airtightness. Here is an example of a Passive House wall system with Larsen...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

...is the main cause of system failures, and they have developed an excellent solution to that problem. As for the SANCO2 Heat pump water heater , that is a fant...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...ish it regularly. We would agree with not using epoxy finishes. If they are applied before the concrete has sufficiently dried or if the concrete is not well-se...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Will recycled plane insulation pass building regs ? and is it safe to use?

...is, details please and we'd be happy to weigh in!

Posted by lisa Hellewell Nov. 27, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...is more moisture-permeable than XPS. When insulating rim joists, isn't the supposed superiority of foam board insulation over mere fiberglass batting due to t...

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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...is able to do energy modelling , and finding a Passive House designer would be wise if you want to pursue that route. The only problem with that, is that the co...

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

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...ish to "Supplement" my existing system. I am hoping to find an air to air heat pump that will tie into my existing duct work. It appears Mitsubishi Electric doe...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...is question a lot, here is a page that will help you choose - How to choose between an HRV and ERV And we're happy to help a bit more if that doesn't answer...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is hemp insulating wallboard available in Canada?

Is hemp insulating wallboard available in Canada? I have seen some in the uk We will soon be suppling Hemp Insulation and Hemp Building Products , we are curre...

Posted by Robin Bakker June 2, 2020, 1:08 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...is the second greatest cause of lung cancer. There is no way to test radon levels in a home before it is built and no way to install a barrier after a slab is p...

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

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...Islands) Nor is freeze-thaw an issue. There are Gigacrete houses in Alaska. The Gigacrete Building System is hurricane resistant and fire-resistant. In May 2019...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is your advice on exterior wall insulation for a tiny home?

...is page – Are Tiny Houses Good for the Environment? Here is a Tiny house designed by an Ottawa University architecture student, it is the best tiny house we...

Posted by Mitch Fowler Aug. 27, 2020, 7:04 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the ground temperature 4 feet down in Sudbury, Ontario?

...iskaming latitude? Ideally at various depths. Thanks for being there, Paul

Posted by Paul Bullock Oct. 8, 2020, 4:53 p.m. 0 Responses