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What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...is the best home insulation , you’ll find a list of the pros and cons of different types of insulation here on this page – What is the best insulation for a h...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Is there a concrete admixture to prevent water leaks?

...isture' and 'water leaks'. Also wondering if perhaps this is a new construction or existing, as an 'admix' would be added to the concrete before it is poured. W...

Posted by Frank Liu July 4, 2020, 6:03 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

...ish to place insulation inside the barn as I wish to maintain the asthetic of the bones of the barn being fully exposed and seen from inside. Thanks he true a...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is there a safe MDF? formaldehyde & anti-fungicide free, etc? Or a green sealant?

...is one non-toxic MDF alternative we know of, though we are not in a position to say what level of production they are in and the current level of product availa...

Posted by Elize St Charles May 23, 2020, 10:52 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...is, how large a surface it is (if its an addition it could be quite small, and if you are in the city or the country.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...ise that we aren't big proponets of basements, so if we were to build one, this is how we'd do it for performance and to eliminate the risk of mold. Below is a ...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...is a very different beast that building above grade, and the most common mistake builders make is building basements walls the same way they build above grade w...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...is. ANy other advice is welcomed. Given there are a few issues it may be best to address them one at a time. On moisture - does it flood or is it just high ...

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

When using larsen trussees, what is the maximum spacing between TJIs

...is a page on Larsen Truss installation - How to Build Double-Stud Larsen Truss Walls, Renovation & New Homes Is this for a new construction or renovation ? ...

Posted by Steve Outlet March 6, 2020, 12:39 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

...is their contact page . Thanks! We heard back from the Living Future Institute, here is what they said - The Red List is a list of substances that are general...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...ised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carpeting. We don't plan to put carpeting ba...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...is area seem to use propane for heat but we are thinking in floor heat and an electric furnace. Are we on the right track ? The home will be a one story wit...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

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

...is our page on how to install windows which may help on a few fronts, not just the rough opening. Proper window installation for efficiency and durability is a ...

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

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...is mostly diy on a small budget. Thanks! A bottom temperature of 0°F (or about -18°C) is hardly balmy, and it is important to build homes for their specific c...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...issues that should be address first – leaky roof, cracked foundation, moldy basement etc . That way you can apply your renovation budget to the most pressing is...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...ishing floors, beyond keeping toxins out of your home and protecting your indoor air quality, is that it is a penetrating oil and so it is much easier to repair...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...is a structural sheathing intended for walls and roofs, with an OSB base and WRB (weather resistive membrane), which is basically a mesh that is attached to an ...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...iso-slab is structural insulated slab kit,cheaper and easiest option to raft kit.

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses