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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 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

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

...Living Green Roofs By that I mean – if you follow the manufacturers guidelines for membrane installation in terms of overlapping and taping and sealing like w...

Posted by Nadia Naderi Oct. 8, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...living area, windows on East and West for morning and evening sun, and it will have a wood burner as a focal point. The current kitchen will be extended into th...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

We want to build a solarium in Ontario, what do you think of heating it with a radiant floor and wood stove?

...living space, but it will not add heat to your home. I’m just putting that out there because It is a common mistake thinking a solarium will heat a home; that i...

Posted by Deanna Zavattin-Tortolo Feb. 18, 2020, 10:51 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...living environment, so even if you have been advised that recuperating the added cost with energy savings is questionable, there is no disputing the fact that y...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...living space. I would cut full length strips of the drywall out every 3 or 4 feet and maybe as well as the poly vapor barrier, to let some moisture escape throu...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 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. Hi...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 4 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...living area , so fix the problem down there and you may fix it upstairs. If you do plan to do further work, we can certainly help you choose the best course of ...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 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