Ontario / Discussions

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...Ontario. The garage will be two stories with a pitched roof that faces south. The garage will be adjacent to the pool. Being a two part question I wouldn’t real...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

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

...Ontario/Quebec? Thanks Shaun We really quite like prefab / pre built houses and firmly believe that if you were to fast forward 20 years into the future tha...

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

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...Ontario, Canada. Yes, any homeowner or builder is allowed to submit the application and manage the build without being a LEED AP (Accredited Professional), or e...

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

Should I get an HRV or an ERV?

...Ontario Canada..where humidity is needed in winter and too much humidity in summer. Do I need a HRV or ERV unit...given the fact that I may not have an airtight...

Posted by RUPINDER ARORA March 12, 2021, 10:23 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Where do I find home building resources for owner-builders?

...Ontario. Ideally I'd like to make the build as efficient/eco as possibly. With the prefab houses you're partnered with seemingly in limbo due to covid, I'm wo...

Posted by Alex Angel Sept. 30, 2021, 3:20 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...Ontario. Basement will have 9' ceilings, 5 ' concrete wall and 4' knee wall built with 2x6 and batt insulation r22. Should I run rigid insulation inside the fou...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Ontario. There are a lot of 'soft costs' that first time builders may not immediatetly consider - design and obtaining building plans, septic plans, permits and...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...Ontario (we currently live in SE Ontario). We are thrifty, resourceful, health conscious, foragers, gardeners, nature lovers and money conscious. What are your ...

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

How can I insulated the outside walls of a workshop without doing harm?

...Ontario, to further insulate my shop. My exisiting shop is 2x4 framed, with R14 roxul and 6 mil vapour under drywall. (No AC) The exterior is poor mans board an...

Posted by Charley Nelson Aug. 27, 2021, 9:28 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...Ontario, Canada climate -Roxul between all the steel frame and build SIP on top of whole assembly? Anyl help greatly appreciated!! When insulating a tiny ho...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...Ontario. I recently installed a cold climate air source heat pump furnace. I am getting confliciting information about temperature control. Is it best to set th...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...Ontario in a house converted from a cottage, it has a 20 'X 20' crawlspace with floor joists at about 24" on center. I put 6 mm polythene on the ground and put ...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...Ontario and we have full unobstructed southern sun exposure. Do you have any other tips to consider? Thanks for any input in advance. Collecting solar heat ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

We have a cottage with a crawl space near Halliburton, Ontario,Canada. It has a solid block perimeter but has a dirt floor. Also, there is a very large rock un...

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

Can you leave a Legalett slab in winter in Canada without the heat on?

...Ontario (Zone 6A). We want heated slab on grade but are concerned about preventing seasonal issues esp winter. Legalett systems look very good esp their air rad...

Posted by Gamog Cladhaire April 29, 2021, 9:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...Ontario. The home will tentatively be off grid. I'm thinking a solar/ wind hybrid system. I was leaning towards an air to water heat pump as the heating system,...

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

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...Ontario 44 degrees north). My application would have 5x5 ft fixed windows with 5x2 foot awning style windows below and above for ventilation. Low-E coatings are...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1930s brick house from the outside?

...Ontario Insulating a home from the outside is the least obtrusive way most of the time, and there are a variety of ways. This page lays out many options so I’...

Posted by Stephane Marcotte Sept. 2, 2021, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses