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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 1200 sq ft Prefab Eco home for Ontario?

...options for 900-1200 sq ft prefab eco home or material/building supply reference ? We do kit houses close to that size, and some are able to be modified a bit. ...

Posted by Anne Stevens March 17, 2021, 8:52 a.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Is there a 1500 sq ft eco-type home for Oro Medonte area in Ontario?.

...options to build the most cost-effective building possible. I just answered an almost identical question so I'm going to paste the same answer - We do kit house...

Posted by Sean H March 17, 2021, 10:12 p.m. Architecture and plan design 2 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

What kind of incentive are available for a high performance net zero home?

...options are for incentives, rebates and grant I would be able to get to help with the cost of the upgrades. thanks Tax credits and other financial incentives ...

Posted by Matt Garrod March 28, 2021, 3:37 p.m. Grants and incentives 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

Preferred lumber type for framing. DF or YP

...options. Choosing the right lumber for framing depends on a lot things, everything from your design, local building codes, and what lumber is available nearby. ...

Posted by Mike Thompson April 17, 2021, 12:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What are the best Wall and Roof insulation choices and rain screen?

...options to few. Walls will be insulated with sprayfoam vs rockwool (hard to get contractor out of convenient and familiar choice) and on exterior will be covere...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman March 15, 2021, 3:32 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 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

Where can we buy hurricane proof prefab homes in Florida?

...options for us to see? Thanks Christopher Costas We have a number of prefab kit houses for delivery across Canada and the US, you can see models here – LEED...

Posted by Christopher Costas April 29, 2021, 3:21 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 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

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