Light well / Discussions

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...well-installed. The biggest concern with woodstoves in airtight homes is if they don’t have a direct air feed from the outdoors to the back of the woodstove. ...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...light frame steel construction. Light frame steel definitely sweats if left too close to the cold side, and will corrode. It seems to be acrylic-based stucco fi...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...light. Without knocking down the house, is there a way to replace old metal dirty hvac (suspect mold caught in joints etc.)? Local HCAV didn't offer a good sugg...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...lights running on a straight DC system to prevent waste from the inverter and again at the light source. This would also allow for smaller wire to be ran to the...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...lights are usually quite a bit bigger than a lightwell , so you will lose some of the light you are probably accustomed to, as well as the view of blue sky, so ...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...wells, which will also block a lot of light. You may want some high gloss white paint around windows to reflect more light in. Straw can be well-built, and if...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...light to stop light, whereas a properly sized heating unit is like cruising at a gentle speed and getting all the green lights. Both will get you there but one ...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...light fixture with a combination light and ceiling fan. • Forced air heat may balance heat through a home better than sparsely placed radiators, but if you ha...

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

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...light red colour of the uninsulated floor which indicates a cooler temperature that the white-coloured insulated floors, which is less comfortable for occupants...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...lighting – You will probably have a lot of natural light based on your passive solar orientation, but still choose LED lights for energy savings . LEDs are very...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...light in the bedroom and bathroom at the back. I don’t want to steer you away from energy modelling, but at a cursory glance here are some thoughts – Your s...

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

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...light, as apposed to being in a hole. Main floor mechanical rooms: All the mechanical equipment people are used to installing in basements can easily be on ...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...well, one woodburning fireplace on the main floor. There is no ductwork in the house (and no room for big ducts), but I imagine there are lots of pipes from pre...

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