Materials / Discussions

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...materials. My question is where do we start? Who do we ask? Who do we hire? How much money do we need? Any ideas or brainstorms are welcome. An Earthship is n...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

...Materials Red List refers to the most harmful building materials on the market as laid out by the International Living Future Institute; materials on the list m...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...materials are easily accessible. Cons are excavation and site grading required, cure time, and the same insulation and skirting requirements as screw piles. 3...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

Heco topix screws - which type should be used for attaching insulation outside a house?

...materials that the batten could be squashed into. As for stainless, assuming you'll do a rain screen of sorts below your siding I wouldn't pay the extra for sta...

Posted by Mike Taylor April 7, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Materials and resources 2 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...materials to build and less energy to operate , so the floor plans they offer are designed by 'green' architects , in that sense that these are professionals th...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the approximate cost per square foot for an ECOHOME?

...materials, performance etc. Building materials have seen a massive increase in price lately, that hasn’t helped matters either for determining cost. This page...

Posted by anna franz April 13, 2021, 3:43 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...materials with a radiant floor: Inert materials such as ceramic, stone or concrete are the best from the point of view health and effectiveness, they have the...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

...materials from Dorken systems here , there are of course others to chose from, but the basic techniques for install should be about the same – Keep the water ou...

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

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...materials and replace with hempcrete and cork floors. I want to divide my mobile home into two "tiny houses" for myself and my son and his two sons. I own the...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...materials

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...materials (as in embodied energy) that you choose to build with. I hope that helps, if you have more specific questions about anything in those pages don’t hesi...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...materials that contain urea-formaldehyde . Read more here - How to keep Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Homes As for air purifiers, they don't always work as ...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...materials . Also in general I would point you towards these pages about renovations in general, how to find reliable gren home builders builders , and this on...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...materials, EPS is an affordable insulation material with a reasonable carbon footprint, and it does the job very well. What is different that Legalett has done ...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...materials. The best insulation for a basement stud wall in your case would be mineral wool , Rockwool and then drywall overtop. a 6 mil poly barrier before dryw...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 14 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...materials like wood, marmoleum, cork, or carpet . You don’t *need* radiant heat, but personally I wouldn’t build a slab without it. Radiant floors are an effici...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...materials you may install in the process, to make sure they are permeable to moisture and will allow the wall to dry. The page you should read is linked above b...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses