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Can you put foil covered foam panels inside a framed wall?

...Ontario. Was thinking I would tape the joints as well. Billy Alright, not what I thought, but without AC there is no great risk I can think of with that. Galv...

Posted by William McCart Feb. 22, 2021, 12:38 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Has anyone used Lunos Ductless HRVs in Alberta and passed inspection?

...Ontario trying to use Ductless Air Exchangers , some had no problem and some were refused. I think the best bet for anyone that wants to try Installing ductless...

Posted by Michelle Dimaano Nov. 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...Ontario and Northern States such as New York State, New Hampshire Vermont and Maine. You can see all the models here and read about the building performance and...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...Ontario and Nothern Ontario. You may have seen this, but here is a video of our passively heated Edelweiss Demonstration house that covers the basic principle...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...Ontario), can be alleviated if you don’t run it down to bone chilling levels. The reality is that all homes in Canada need vapor protection on the warm side of ...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What are solar battery storage alternatives?

...Ontario. That sounds like the sort of application where it would work. if you don't mind, keep us in the loop it would be great to hear how it goes.

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...Ontario and had same problem in my 6 months old house basement in early summer. In my case I was seeing water behind back and left side walls near windows. My b...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 23 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...Ontario very soon and the options I have to build small cottage roughly 2.5 hrs from Toronto. Cost is a huge factor so it'll be great if I can undersand what's ...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...Ontario in climate zone 5. Outside the home I have jack-hammered and removed the concrete walkways that had cracked and settled on a slope towards the foudation...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...ontario that focus on a timber frame and sip design.

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Can I purchase a prefab Eco Home kit house for land in Ottawa or Edmonton?

Hi Im looking in buying a house or land in Ottawa or Edmonton, even a bit outside the city. I’m interested in the pre-fab LEED concept. Are there restriction...

Posted by Ismael Rumzan March 29, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Ontario where we are, is that you may be at a slight disadvantage as many buyers are expecting a basement, but slab on grade fans are often quicker to buy it as...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...Ontario, just north of Oshawa. The back of our two storey house faces north which is all open fields, except for a row of older spruce and spruce trees. Since w...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...Ontario rates are among the highest, for that reason very few people are currently installing electric heat sources in Ontario, but it is the most common heat s...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Ontario home? If so, is it best to use 3 different heating and cooling units, or simply 1 unit with 3 different airway paths? I'm also curious about having a ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...Ontario. Hi Pete, none of the designs we currently have are for a garage with an apartment on top. Sorry about that! Where can I get more Info about prefab ho...

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

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...Ontario. It seems normal, practical, to put the vapour barrier on the outside of the interior wall, then add on the insulation. On the other hand it seems the...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses