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What is the best way to insulate exterior of older home?

I have an older home in Toronto with plaster lathe walls with no insulation behind them. I want to insulate the walls but not remove the plaster as it's still ...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...older leaky homes as well. Or would the excessive air leaks make the HRV not effective? The only way to truly know if an HRV is required in an older home woul...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...older homes than gutting it to run ducts. Ductless wall insert ERVs for renovations and new home builds This system works in pairs, where each unit has a ce...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How can I prevent animals from getting behind the siding on my house?

...older home resided. At this point there is no strapping between the sheathing and siding, but I want that added to help with moisture control. What is the best ...

Posted by Connie Curtin Feb. 22, 2020, 1:52 p.m. Pest control 0 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...older home with an existing basement. We would like to take down the top of the house and rebuild on the basement. What do I need to do to make sure it's stable...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...older home (1970s) and it doesn't have one, wondering what I should be looking for. thanks Choosing the right heat recovery ventilator should be based on the fo...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...older part with high ceilings or will it be redundant with HRV connected throughout? If it were me I'd want a ceiling fan in the older portion of the home as we...

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

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...older product, Organic faced (gray) polyiso. Both products have visible 2mm (+/-) holes in both sides of the facing material; My Question regarding Polyiso (m...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...older parts of the house, with fiberglass and interior vapour barrier in the new parts? Yes you could do spray foam if you're removing the sheathing and exposin...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...older house (built 1965) in September 2018 and shortly after moving in (mid October), I was experiencing extreme joint pains. Strangely, I was feeling pain and ...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

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

...older home maintenance! The cheapest and more effective way to remove humidity from a basement is without a doubt, a continuously operating dehumidifier . Selec...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

...older home.

Posted by John Ioannou July 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...older, we plan to live in the house for longer durations. Given this, what would be a sensible approach in building this house? Of course, we are interested i...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...older houses) it is very easy for the foam to become un-adhered and allow air to leak through. For sealing between window frames and rough openings, we would ...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...older wall from the outside here

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...older modular home with crawl space and 24 inches plus or minus.. It has steel joist 8 ft x 7 1/2 . The ceiling of the crawl space is insulated with pink insula...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...older homes . Have a read over that to get some ideas and send us more details if you like and we can help come up with a solution - are you planning to strip i...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...older ones, may deposit toxic debris in it. This page would be great place for you to start reading - How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool

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