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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

Do you have any framing schematics for an extensive green roof?

We're framing for a green roof right now and I'd love some guidance on the parapet details as well as perimeter drains/gutter details. A green roof is much hea...

Posted by Eric Anderson May 28, 2021, 12:53 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

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

I have a 11x17 feet 3 season gazebo fully enclose on a deck. Sitting on deck board and finish the inside with LVT. I want to insulate the floor. Though of Rock...

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

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

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

...living space cold. Would it be ok to add insulation between the floor joists? Over or under pipes? I want to do this myself, simply, so was looking at something...

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

How do know if I have a gas leak ? It's a ventless heater

...living greenhouse. But for now he has purchased a ventless wall heater. He claims he smells nothing. I smell it in the house as he installed it and I hear hissi...

Posted by Margherita Sewell Jan. 29, 2021, 4:59 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 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

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...living (approximately 1600 sft) 3 bedrooms - Master needs to be not less than 12x12 - Second bedroom can be 11x10 - Bunk Room for kids – accommodate 3 sets of t...

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

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...living room with passive solar window design and 6' overhang on south& west walls. 1 1/2" R 7.5 styro on the outside of exterior walls as wekll as 4' pony wall ...

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

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

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...living an eco life is possible in this area and you don't have to be rich or have some sort of alternative job that affords you all the time in the world. If a ...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...living space, and even the climate zone you live in , all this will help better determine what your best path forward is for a healthy and energy efficient home...

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