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How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...Ontario Canada The price for a Tesla Solar roof tiles in Canada is still a little tricky to figure, partly because the numbers reported from Tesla themselves ar...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 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

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...Ontario, with 2x4 walls, and uses 240 BTU/hr per degree C difference on average. I'm trying to revive the old windows because I want to spend the money I would ...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...Ontario (GTA). Poured concrete foundation. Floor joists sit atop the foundation wall on a rim joist wood-sill assembly (not imbedded in concrete). I have remove...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...Ontario) for cubbies 16", 2-3" thick. Has to be super clean, no off gassing, mold resistent. Also, suggestions for best air exchanger set up for someone with ...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 4 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...Ontario in 1983. In 1999 I finished the basement, with tar paper against the cement wall, then studs and four inches of batt insulation and then a vapour barrie...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...Ontario , Canada. Atikokan to be specific. The house has a brick front (which I won't be adding insulation to) the other 3 sides a 2x4 framed , cavities fil...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 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

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...Ontario where winters can vary between freezing and -20. Thank you! To turn a 3 season cottage into a 4 season permanent home is always a bit tricky , in the ca...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...Ontario only I think, so it may be a bit of travel for you) but I would suggest you contact them as they may have installers in your region. You can contact the...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses