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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

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

Compared to pre-fab wall assemblies - how does ICF Construction fare?

...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

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 pros and cons of building a house on a slab on grade foundation?

...living area to compensate the for lack of a basement. Higher cost to build and higher taxes forever. Thoughts? No idea on that Debra, sorry. Municipal require...

Posted by Debra Kroening Jan. 5, 2022, 1:29 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 6 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

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

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

Can you put exterior insulation over Zip System plywood?

...living in a very cold climate I’m not a huge fan of products that increase the risk of trapping moisture in walls. As an alternative, what about using rigid min...

Posted by Bro Gore Jan. 8, 2022, 10:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...living space? Is the garage on the same level of the basement or is it a slab on grade? Sorry for al the questions, radon gas in homes is serious business and w...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...living blog: heating systems Dear Emmanuel, Thanks for your 2018 post. As you'd suggested, I'm following up to see how the hot air tubes in your slab floor ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses