Materials / Discussions

Should our HRV keep our humidity lower than 40%, even in the cold months?

...materials, and general human occupation of a home such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc, and whether or not you have sufficient source removal in the form of ...

Posted by Kim Clement Feb. 8, 2021, 5:43 p.m. Ventilation 5 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...materials saves money and saves useable materials from ending up in a landfill. See here for more on how to build solar air heaters - DIY solar air heater ins...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Where can I find salt water batteries?

...materials (saltwater and cotton) so we were a bit disappointed to hear the company didn’t exist anymore. Here is a page on other home solar batteries to help yo...

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...materials that it can successfully bond with. So, if you decide to leave it, I would check with the manufacturer of the adhesive you choose to see if it will bo...

Posted by Deanna Willer Oct. 1, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What do I use in a dropped basement ceiling for soundproofing?

...materials such as fiberglass quietZone batts , Rock wool / mineral wool work great for reducing sound transmission, as does hemp insulation , either in batts or...

Posted by Melissa Pickett Oct. 10, 2020, 12:19 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...materials they are using, or that there actually are different properties. You are for sure on the right track, and here is a video on building science basics t...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...materials such as wood against a wet concrete wall, then covering it with a sheet of plastic will only ever result in one thing – wet, rotten walls. Why this wa...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...materials dry out. Installing an HRV will likely help, you could also look for a model that also provides dehumidification. To understand the difference between...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...materials to use? Plywood thickness, tape or fluid-applied gun, which brand? Hi Babak, Plywood is a bit of a in improvement over OSB as sheathing if you're look...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...materials you choose to use. Assuming you are in a cold climate, you would still need some sort of vapour control layer, and as for the air barrier, inside or...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...materials and no fines), frost would be unable to form, so no skirt would be needed. You may have seen that we recently installed a Legalett air-heated floor,...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...materials, I just want to make sure you are getting the kind of product you think you’re getting.

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...materials to use, I'll be happy to do it. I need to confirm what is the correct way to repair and build a basement wall in a cold climate. I need solutions ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses