Natural / Discussions

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

...natural paint takes a bit more effort. You can order the components online in a power form that you then mix, here is a page to help you do that - DIY Natural...

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

How can I find a natural pool designer?

...natural pool designer? You probably found our page on natural swimming pools and ponds , here it is if not – All about Natural Swimming Pools – A DIY guide ...

Posted by James Ford-Hutchinson Aug. 14, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 2 Responses

Do you install natural pools?

...natural swimming pool installers , but check out this page here for free DIY Guide to building a natural swimming pool , hopefully that will help! Otherwise I w...

Posted by Eric Wilson April 24, 2020, 10:42 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?

...natural pools? It has a free download DIY Natural swimming pond building guide , and it will likely answer all your questions, but – are you asking how to preve...

Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Can you combine a natural swimming pool with a rainwater harvesting garden?

...natural swimming pool and a rainwater harvesting garden / system cannot be combined into one area. If you mean feeding rainwater into your natural pool from roo...

Posted by Kitty Bridgens Feb. 7, 2019, 4:23 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...natural ventilation within an energy efficient house May we ask where you are located? The level of success you would have using natural ventilation to save ene...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

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

...natural pool turned green after adding bog plants It was clear prior to their installation. We have this page on our site about How to Install Natural Swimming ...

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

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

I own my detached home in Vancouver. We have a natural gas boiler that heats water for hot water uses and the water that flows through floor pipes providing ra...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...Natural gas In floor Radiant heat. With the most updated energy codes. We are just looking for the best air exchange system. Thanks, John How to choose between ...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...natural and upcycled 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 welco...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...natural gas boiler/electric furnace option (for radiant infloor heat in the basement and forced air heat on the main floor. I met with the plumber and the hea...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...natural non-toxic wood finishing oil instead of varnish for reasons of air quality and durability.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...natural gas , 25% with electricity . In Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest are a mix of wood, pelle...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

I have high ceilings and I will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceili...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...natural relationship between wood and water. And we always take the opportunity to recommend people to source triple-pane windows. They are much better than d...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

Small bales are hard to find now. Large bales are cheap and more compact (need less or no precompression). And what about footings? There can be more risk of i...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...natural gas or propane. Our design calls for up to 16" thick walls, slab on grade, triple glazed windows, and a traditional sloped roof (not flat). I am actiing...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...natural' ventilation holes (dryer vent, wood stove chimney, bathroom vent, etc) all serve to relieve some of that pressure. Stripping the house from the outside...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses