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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

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

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

...living area above crawl space would be heated with split unit or continuing existing hot water baseboard heat from adjacent room. Also , project is located in 6...

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

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

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

...Living future Institute who run the Living Building Challenge , we did that ourselves but recieved nothing back yet, we will update this if we do. For other r...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...living due to the potential for off-gassing and causing health problems, as well as the fact that anything that spray foam is adhered to instantly becomes unrec...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

how can I find diy green roof supplies in the Vancouver area?

Would like to put a green roof on our existing garage, its approx 70 years old. Where can we get materials to b iuld like to do it ourselves?

Posted by Rachel Riding April 13, 2020, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses

It Ottawa zoned for Tiny homes?

...living in a Tiny House isn’t legal in all locations, and bylaws are changing fast so we aren’t able to stay on top of where they are legal at any given time. Th...

Posted by May Sizer March 9, 2021, 1:36 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you fix radon in a basement?

...living space, I want to get under the basement floor and seal out any radon. Seems there should be a system of some sort you can put over the slab... to kind of...

Posted by Ej Weiss Aug. 11, 2021, 7:14 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 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 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 material for flooring?

...living areas. Here is our page about choosing flooring to see the options- How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable and beautiful floors Some of the thi...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...living in a rain forest, so it also depends I guess on the intensity and frequency. Not to mention that the decibels produced will also be affected by the pitch...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...Living Building Challenge often need solid wood cabinetry because formaldehyde is on the Red List of materials , which includes phenol formaldehyde used in the ...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...Living Off Grid . As for Geothermal, it is a great system for efficient heating, the only problem is that the cost can be extremely prohibitive. For very larg...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

...Living City Campus just outside of Toronto. Geothermal systems will knock a percentage off your heating cost, so whether or not the installation cost will off...

Posted by John Ioannou July 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses