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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 6 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

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...me links to help choose products as well as how to finish your basement if you do decide to do some more work on it. Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix &...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can you insulate a concrete block basement walls with only rockwool?

...me is the mention of it being an inch away from the wall, along with you saying you weren’t going to seal the wall. If you have a waterproof membrane against th...

Posted by Aarne Valikangas Jan. 1, 2021, 9:22 p.m. Basements improvements 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

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

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 you attach steps to slab on grade insulation?

...me immensely in at least starting to overcome a change to a monolithic slab, when soil bearing test proved that change was necessary. We have a couple questions...

Posted by Mary Alm Dec. 2, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...membrane, and manufacturers claim it is 100 times less permeable compared to standard poly of the same thickness. If a Radon Block barrier is more than you ca...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...near future about innovative prefab kit homes that are LEED Certified and Passive House ‘ready’, in that they are of a quality that can meet those requirements....

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...me of the risks and find the best way forward - The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes But to speak to the products you mention ...

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