Living space / Discussions

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...space on the interior? Hi Mike, thanks for the reply. This is a 3 season gazebo with 5 tempered glass doors and angle roof. The roof is made of pine, war paper ...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Is it ok to add insulation between joists in a crawl space?

...space are insulated and the dirt floor is sealed with a vapor barrior, but my indoor floors felt cold this last winter, making my whole living space cold. Would...

Posted by Cheryl Bottomley May 11, 2020, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...space from the "full" basement (still fieldstone and dirt floor, but about 6'2" of headspace). My problem is the cold living room floor AND humidity issues as w...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...living space, then is there a point in placing thermal mass 5 metres into the living space ? Thank you What you need to find is the hypothenuse , so if you ...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...living room, the rest is crawl space with dirt floor or slab. The 10x14' cellar has heavy springtime water ingress where the dry stacked stone meets bedrock. ...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

I have a 36' x 36' cottage style bungalow with 2 x 6 walls with spray foamed 9' walls, vaulted southern kitchen and living room with passive solar window desig...

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

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...spaces - Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulating Crawlspaces Properly Once your walls are closed in you will need to decide if you are heating the space ...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

We are currently living within the GTA area but looking to buy a land (within the next couple of years) about 2 hours away from the central Toronto area and bu...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...living in British Columbia now and as we tend not to have basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 yea...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

We have an existing bedroom (25'x10') that sits above a garage. It was built with one forced air duct blowing warm air under the room but parts are very cold i...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...living space? How much ceiling height do you have? Is there a sump pump? Is there any signs of flooding? Thank you for taking the time to read and reply t...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...spaces Sub-slab depressurization is a great method for radon removal, but if the basement is not finished space, one mitigation strategy is installing a ded...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...living areas Motor efficiency Warranty See this page on choosing between an HRV and ERV , a heat recovery ventilator or energy recovery ventilator. Ca...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...living space is on the main level. We have been looking into a boiler system with radiators. The costs are substantial. Hi Jennifer, If I understand correct...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...living space), poured concrete floor or not, flooding, moisture levels, mold or no mold, etc, whatever you can tell us will help us help you pick a solution.

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

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

...space; either you insulate the floor of the crawl space and then treat it as part of the conditioned living space (meaning heat it), or you can insulate the flo...

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

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...living space above. Rather than inviting in new humid air in a crawlspace with ventilation hatches, you’d be better keeping them closed and using a dehumidifier...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...living here part-time throughout the year. First I'd suggest you start here on our page on how to insulate crawl spaces – How to insulate crawlspaces proper...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses