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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

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...space. (Ladder as other solution, if there is a toilet & sink on second floor) Approx. 340 sft for dining and living (something like 22’ x 15.5’) Storage for ex...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 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

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

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

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...living space . You can do it as you suggest, but it sounds like it may be more work, and you disrupt the interior of your house by turning it into a constructio...

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

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...spaces Does the house have a basement or is it a crawl space? And what is the floor, is it dirt or poured concrete? I would assume it is not insulated nor wou...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Can you insulate an existing slab on grade floor?

...living space. Installation guidelines indicate placing this product on a wooden subfloor so the loss of (1 1/4 ) inches of room height would be a consideration....

Posted by Patrick Berkeley Dec. 31, 2020, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...living space and we can probably help more. This is in Springfield, MO. Climate zone 4. Basement head space is 6 ft to bottom of joists. There is a sump hole ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...living space? Was the reading taken down there or upstairs in the conditioned space? First have a look here on the best ways to mitigate radon gas in homes – ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...space below. The air space is essential with an acoustic material in order to have any effect on reducing sound transmission. All that to say that adding rigid ...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 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