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What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

...ish (young kids would love to be out there). Considering clover, thyme, mint, fescue... Prefer plants over seeds... Would love guidance. Even finding a gardener...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple gable roofline with minimal eaves. Rect floorplan, slab on grade aligned on east west axis . Being a timber...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What insulation should you use to cover the ground GEODESIC Dome?

...is a very interesting question, and we will help as best we can. I don’t think Hemp is a wise solution in this case, normally under a foundation floor you would...

Posted by Vincent Warwick Oct. 1, 2020, 2:09 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...isn't mandatory. Here is a page to get you started - How to build a LEED Certified Home What you need to do first is contact a LEED provider in your region,...

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...issues. The most significant impact on human comfort in a home is not from the air temperature, as odd as that sounds, it is actually the radiant heat transfer ...

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

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...is two sons. I own the home and the land it is on. The Tulalip Tribe is open to this option. The remodeling permit is $150.00. I have the hemp. lime and forms...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...is any insulation around any of the windows and doors that were all installed about ten years ago. My question is should I stuff the gaps with rockwool and seal...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Does electricity free pellet stove comes in 23'' or less to fit my wall ?

...iseway stove lists 24 inches as the width so that’s a no-go for you, but the Edison model pellet stove lists the width at 22 ¼ inches, so you may be okay. I’m s...

Posted by Peter Kutschy April 21, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...is not a fan of concrete/tile floors within the main living areas of the house. Are there alternative options? We know how important the thermal mass is for mai...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...iss House is a 1450 square foot house in Quebec, Canada and is heated for under $300 a year. Yoda wouldn't live long enough to get his money out of a geothermal...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...is soon. thank you- this gives me a place to start asking more questions too! Please do! I've worked with Lanefab & they only work in the city of Vancouver but ...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...is 520 square feet and if it is short in height (as a crawl space is ) then that isn't a lot of volume so I bet it was actually doing its job. Is your dehumidif...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Is there a small ventilation HRV/ERV for a camper van?

...is is also a wall-mounted compact ductless ERV system, here . It's great to see this style of ERV ventilation system as it's a quicker and more economical way o...

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 4 Responses

is a double vapor barrier on a South Florida roof bad?

...ised I would be creating a 'double vapor barrier' potentially trapping moisture in the roof deck causing long term issues given Naples is hot and humid. I was...

Posted by Arthur Moore April 6, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...ists are fine but I noticed that barrier is extremely wet. Running a dehumidifier has helped alot but still have moisture. Is there anything else I could do to ...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...is not enough room to get under the building? How would moisture affect this area and how would be the best way to control the moisture. This building is in cen...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...is a benefit in winter, but definitely not in summer. There is more about the efficiency and cost of electric heating here this page – Why Electric Heating Sy...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...is would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. You need moisture for frost to form, and I think of all the opinions here yours sounds about right. There is moist...

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses