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What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...reduce the humidity? What should we put on the uninsulated floor as a covering that won't go moldy/smelly like the carpet has (and we're on a budget, and have n...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

When designing a single family home in Canada, what is the best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? I...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What can I do to prevent mold and musty smells from a crawlspace with a dirt floor?

I bought a home that has a dirt floor crawl space with about 24 inches from dirt to underside of floor and it gets wet which causes the floor joists and under ...

Posted by bonna gordy May 15, 2020, 8:16 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...reduce this noise? Also, what should I specify to my builders about the roof to get the best quality? Thanks Is this a new or home or existing and you’re ju...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you use an HRV or ERV for radon removal in a dirt floor basement?

I have a part concrete and part dirt floor in basement with mildly elevated radon levels. Radon mitigator told us to use a HRV to reduce it by about 50%. Shoul...

Posted by Douglas Touart March 1, 2021, 5:15 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...reduce the wear on your well pump, and reduce the energy required to supply a sufficient amount of water, but it’s really anyone’s guess if that’s actually any ...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...reduce the solar gain even if you choose a coating designed for the northern climate. (I am in Ontario 44 degrees north). My application would have 5x5 ft fixed...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to super insulate the exterior of our 1975 four level split home?

...reduce the thermal bridge problem. All ideas on this concept are welcome. Thanks,

Posted by Dan LLC Properties Dec. 26, 2020, 4:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

...reduce air loss throughout the house. The subflooring laying on the joists are diagonally laid planks rather than plywood ( Assume plywood was not used at that ...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...reduce humidity, c) remove the styrofoam boundary from underneath, and d) spray insulation on entire perimeter of plywood skirting? Would moisture problems un...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...reduce radon?) and get a good dehumidifier or just ventilate. What's the best/right path? I'm a 66 yr old female DIY'er with no experience in these matters. A r...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...reduce humidity and coldness in my home. Frankly, I am not sure whom to trust anymore, therefore, your guidance would be greatly appreciated. JR Tadinac You w...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...reduce required electricity consumption. I have a lead on where I can acquire a steel rack enclosed - crated heavy plastic storage tank "pallet" design that cou...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...reduce build cost. I have read many of the articles posted on this site but starting a such process still appears to be rather daunting. Assuming the land doe...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

...reduce the humidity in the room as much as possible by removing any carpets that could hold moisture in the room, and by drying the walls and base of the shower...

Posted by Sara Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...reduce moisture problems , it will add to them as warm and humid summer air can condense on the cooler surfaces. Another possible cause of the moldy insulation ...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

...reduce the amount of noise you hear. You will probably also be a bit more comfortable with electronically controlled thermostats on both ends of the spectrum ...

Posted by Heather Baird Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 2 Responses

Is there a small ventilation HRV/ERV for a camper van?

...reduce condensation on windows or in humid spaces like to prevent mold in basements

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 5 Responses