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How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...ment walls. Then the stud framing goes on. Then additional bats or Rock Wool boards installed between the frame stuctures. I do not want to finish the basement ...

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...ment home. The property is 43 acres near Perth, Ontario. The home will tentatively be off grid. I'm thinking a solar/ wind hybrid system. I was leaning towards ...

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...near as possible to Passive House spec without it costing a dime extra overall" house next year in Northern Minnesota as we will then be fitting PV solar panels...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...near Toronto and told me that they wouldn't recommend installing any insulation in the basement because it could cause freeze-thaw damage to the foundation. The...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...ment wall that transitions to a course of narrower blocks above grade. An uninsulated rim joist sits on top of the sill plate on the narrower blocks. (As near a...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...near Halliburton, Ontario,Canada. It has a solid block perimeter but has a dirt floor. Also, there is a very large rock under the cottage which makes the crawl ...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

Can these be built in California or Washington?

...near future.

Posted by Steven J July 4, 2020, 10:24 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...ment done - was recommended to instal blanket insulate floor to joist with 6 mil poly which was completed 2015. Last summer, hot humid weather here near north s...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do I find a Passivhaus designer to create a set of plans?

...meone to spec insulation/rvalues and complete a set of plans To find a Passive House designer near you, I would first check on this page here about how to find ...

Posted by tony wolff Feb. 23, 2021, 10:20 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

Are your prefab kit homes available in Arkansas?

...mes price is a huge factor, I have water and electricity in all six locations can I get a price list please We do have houses that are available near you, o...

Posted by A slane June 7, 2021, 9:08 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...ments were in that location at the time of building. My first recommendation would of course be to have a building inspector look it over before making a purcha...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...me can *and should* be a better quality home for about the same price as a site-built house that is built to meet the very low performance standards of building...

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

Where can I find qualified green builders/modular or prefab homes in Port Townsend WA?

...ment home. 3 bed 2 bath 1500 to 2000 sq ft- one level. Hi Alyne, We have a number of prefab modular Kit houses that can meet LEED or Passive House performance s...

Posted by Alyne Galm June 27, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...metimes be trickier to insulate properly. We recently built a new demonstration house (which is nearing completion) where we used a raft slab from Legalett . We...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...me somewhere. The presence of a carpenter ant nest near your home and a couple inside does not necessarily mean that there will be an infestation inside your ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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

...mend is the best material (durable, high quality) to use for Water Resistive Barrier on top of Plywood? I have heard mixed reviews on Zip Systems as something p...

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

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...me would be an energy efficient home, so be sure to have a well-insulated building envelope . Here is link to our Green Home Building Guide , the Ecohome plan...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...near future, with smaller home options. For the moment the one model that I think may meet your needs is this Prefab tiny house that you can see on our french s...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses