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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

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

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

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 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 34 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