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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

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...living space given the fuel costs of pulling a house around and limited room for insulation, adding unnecessary weight would make that even worse.

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...living space?

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...living space you need, a slab-on-grade (frost protected shallow foundation) is a more affordable way to start a house than a basement. 4 – Material selection ...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...living space above. Have a read on those pages and let me know in more detail what's going on and we can probably help more - is there a wooden stud wall, is th...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 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

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...living in it while we renovate upstairs. The furnace kicks on every few minutes and is driving the heating bills up drastically. Exterior insulation is for sure...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...living ideas including rainwater harvesting, they often land on Earthship pages, but those are little more than gimmick homes that should never have been export...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...living space. R3 would leave your feet pretty cold. And from a construction point of view, you might find that the floor is a little spongy if it rests on foa...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...living space so the higher levels down there is not a major concern). The air flow of the HRV is set up to leave the basement with positive pressure at the en...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 5 Responses

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

...living space (meaning heat it), or you can insulate the floor joists, as you suggest, Then you can keep it at a lower temperature to save energy. It’s good that...

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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...living spaces in summer - and is only just out of scope for winter. Is the home fitted with an HRV or ERV ventilation? If the concrete wall is entirely and fl...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 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

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 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

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