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Can Ontario contractor easily build home to code?

Hi! I live in Ontario and I'm wondering if it's easy enough for a contractor here to make adjustments to the home when assembling it to make it to code in Onta...

Posted by Kaylan Ssenfuma March 29, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Building codes 1 Responses

How do I find a qualified Passive House builder?

...local builder excited about changing from his "go to" building style. To find a qualified Passive House builder in your area you could start with this page here...

Posted by Kyle Burgmeier Feb. 18, 2021, 8:25 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...Local builders here are too expensive. Thank you We can’t help you find local builders, but some of our prefab kit houses are Passive House ready, and they are ...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

I'm planning on building an addition in spring on our cabin near Markleeville CA. Our local yard is proposing some rough sawn 6x2's as they reckon they're good...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Where can I get steel cladding like on your prefab house?

...local supplier? Is there anyone who sells recycled metal cladding? Great questions, but where are you located? The S1600 prefab kit house is manufactured in...

Posted by Flower Lunn March 1, 2020, 2:27 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...local builder? The house will probably have a partial basement but the slab section, ideally with your hot air radiant heat system, would be about 1000 square f...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...local ventilation consultants wish to install a second ducting system, in addition to the returns and ducts for a electric-wood forced hot air system For a ho...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...local mechanical supplier for HRV quote. $3800 Broan HTV 160te What is so beneficial if I choose the ZEHNDER vs. Broan? This is a new construction build t...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...local people as primary constructors, and we are also capable of (and want to add where possible) sweat equity. Is this feasible with the Legalett system? We al...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...local supplier. Has anyone work with it. The manufactures claims its better than slice bread but don't they all. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated C...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 9 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...local hardware stores but I can't find it. Do you know of a source where I can get one of these or another brand and type of tape you would recommond for taping...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...local code). This is expensive and I'm not 100% on board because the basement is half above grade. I have seen in the CMHC book a scenario where a vapour barr...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...local supplier recommends the Minotair HRV with integrated hydronic heat loop, essentially an improved forced air heating system. My concern is that the slab wi...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...local building department who insist on insulating to a certain level as the shed is larger than 10 x 10. Since I found this web site, I have put a rapid halt o...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Is a grey water recovery system suitable for routing water to irrigation using spray heads?

...local regulations. The problem being potential atomization of pathogens. The safest option is subsurface irrigation by using perforated trickle pipes, an...

Posted by Lindsey Hanley April 12, 2021, 7 p.m. Greywater Recycling 1 Responses

How can we clear up green pool water after adding bog plants and lillies?

...local representative that may be able to answer your questions or even perform the work as necessary.

Posted by Mercedes McCloughan June 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What size of lot is needed for the Eco habitat 1600?

...local building authorities to find out any minimum or maximum house sizes per lot to make sure you are allowed to build this house there, and you’d need to make...

Posted by Andrew Wallace July 21, 2020, 9:59 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Where can I get wood planks for a ceiling?

...local lumber yards and even building supply box stores in your area. Since you won't be walking on it there are more options than there are with floors, you can...

Posted by zulie alnahas Aug. 23, 2020, 6:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses