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

...options appeared on the market that I can consider? There is an ‘aftermarket’ solution for installing HRV and ERVs during renovations, though I can’t guarantee ...

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

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

Hello, The discussions on adding exterior wall insulation to a home have been very helpful. But in searching I have not found much related to adding exterior...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

What are the advantages and disadvantages for using a product such as Warmboard as an alternative to a radiant heating system that is built directly into the s...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

I have recently purchased a property in the Algonquin Highlands about 20 minutes north of Minden, Ontario. There is an existing strucuture, but I am looking to...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...options? We know how important the thermal mass is for maintaining heat during winter months. What about placing a vinyl corked backed flooring over the concret...

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

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...options, each with it's pros and cons: 1. Screw Piles: Pros are speed of installation, minimal site grading, no curing time, high capacity for foundations, el...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

What would be the best alternative to chemical treatment for outdoor pools?

...options instead of chemicals for a pool, what are your recommendations? Our favorite alternative to chlorinated backyard pools is a natural swimming pond , read...

Posted by Ladka Heidari April 19, 2020, 6:24 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

...options, but we are also exploring some more unconventional routes. We happened upon a product named Sketchnanogard, a window insulator that claims to drastical...

Posted by Island Lake June 24, 2020, 2:37 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...options? What is the healthiest product for home contsruction? Who makes the healthiest structural plywood or building product? Please help. I am also intereste...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

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

...options for prefab materials / kits. All of the prefab eco-friendly modular kit houses in our Kit home pages are available in Quebec, Ontario and Northern State...

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

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...options. Yes, below grade basement walls can only dry to the inside, but I would add as a caveat – they don’t actually need to dry. We say they can only ‘dry to...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...options it becomes a mess. Also I'm planning to install ERV system - looking for type recommendations as well. Thank you! Getting a home to the airtight eno...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...options to build our new home. We have chosen to build the house on a slab on grade foundation. My builder was suggesting that we at least start with the foun...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What heating system to use in my new detached garage/shop?

...options that I didn't think about? Thank you for your help and keep up the good work! David

Posted by David Perreault Dec. 4, 2020, 10:23 a.m. 0 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...options over the next few days which will include installing a new geothermal unit (ClimateMaster recommended although this assumes it's the unit and not a leak...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...options for the finished half of the basement and decided to have a concrete floor for its resistance to future flooding. We had a company pour a new 2-3 inch s...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...options: -Mr. Slim ductless system with a zone for each floor? -hydronic underfloor heating for the main floor (seems feasible to install from basement ceil...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...options must be made up by some other electric heat option, i.e. baseboard heating, electric forces air furnace. Heating with electricity is usually a more en...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses