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Drain Maintenance - LEED Accreditation & Points System, how do I gets points?

I have a product that utilizes bacteria instead of chemicals to consume Fats,Oils & Greases and other organic matter in drain lines, grease traps and lift stat...

Posted by Bryan Williams May 20, 2020, 3:16 p.m. LEED Homes 0 Responses

Can these homes be built on screwpiles as an alternative to slab foundations?

...points would it be possible to out one of the prefab homes on the piles? We have many models of prefab modular kit houses that can be seated on foundations, scr...

Posted by Mark Pospisil July 28, 2020, 9:41 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you insulate an attic in Victorian House in Massachusetts?

...points of the roof, two at the lowest points of the roof. But the difference in relative height between the highest and lowest vents is not that much. I have ...

Posted by dan sagalyn Dec. 5, 2020, 11:30 p.m. 0 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...points in your envelope, but it will not amount to catastrophic heat loss or air-leakage as long as it’s well-installed. The biggest concern with woodstoves i...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

...points here to address, but the first thing I would say is that any reasonably airtight home really should have an air exchanger to protect indoor air quality ....

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...points I will have some ideas to help. 1. Yes, the land continues to slope downward after the edge of the house. 2. I do not know how soon we'd hit rock when ...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...points here, my responses are in bold - When you say , strip the walls, install a plywood sheathing. Do you mean to strip off the 1x8's sheathing boards? Ab...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...points for material selection (awarding points for locally produced, recycled and reclaimed building materials, but Passive House certification has so far not m...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...points. Basements are certainly useful, but from an environmental point of view, the benefits of slab-on-grade construction over a basement are undeniable, you ...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

...points. But that would be a sad house to live in : ( And difficult to enter with no door :) Short of that, it’s a case of doing whatever you can to limit heat...

Posted by David Pantalone Feb. 9, 2020, 4:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...points conditioned air at users, that can add a certain amount of comfort, which often equates to operational efficiency. There may be other brands that have al...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...points are so you know where your money is bet spent. I would first point you to our Free Green Home Building Guide , they are categorized, so between that an...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...points to deficiencies in the manner that vapor/air barrier is sealed at best. This level of relative humidity is in any case considered acceptable for resident...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 22 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...points and prevent air leakage. Install mosquito nets at any openings like dryer vents and stove hoods. Keep the humidity level in the home low, down below ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses