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Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge 4.0? Can you expand on that a bit please? Not quite sure what you are asking,...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...living areas of the house. Are there alternative options? We know how important the thermal mass is for maintaining heat during winter months. What about placin...

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

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...living room. The house foundation is piled-up field stone (typical of that era) and it can be drafty in high winds). The crawspace is dirt floor with several ce...

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

How can I solve a moisture problem in attic from 1941 home?

...living room ceiling 10 years ago when the semi conditioned attic space was made. We screwed up thin board then and ignored how unaesthetic it looked for years. ...

Posted by Rachel Katz June 8, 2019, 4:06 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...living in Michigan in winter? Condensation on double-glazed windows in cold climates is fairly common unfortunately. Despite being common it can be a problem, p...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...living for comfort and amenities. But speaking to the Yurt option, the thing to remember going into this is that you are living in a jazzed-up tent, not a hou...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...living with these products, short of reading the always rosy manufacturer's claims. I am usually leary of "all-in-one" products but these seem like they could b...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...living in? With a few more details we may be able to help you more.

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 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

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

...living areas Motor efficiency Warranty Calculating the fresh air requirements of a home as well as proper placement of ducts are not easy calculations t...

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

What is the best type of 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 is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...living on site in an existing house that will be demolished once the new build is finished. Regarding budget - we are looking for the best mix of performance, e...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 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

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...living room but pretty much serves the whole house. So is it redundant? Well....kinda, but kinda not too :) When a house doesn't lose much heat you don't need...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...living above grade. It's more a matter of what you're used to, if you go to California for example, you'd have a hard time finding a basement because they build...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What considerations should be made when installing a green roof on a metal building?

...living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly. We would need more details in order to provide any specific adv...

Posted by Nina Flores Feb. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses