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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 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 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

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

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 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

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...reduce thermal bridging . There are cases, like yours I would say, where insulating between metal is really the only option due to size restraints. In such a ...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...reduce the negative impacts of how it can stop moisture movement.

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...reduce splash back against the wall, that's better than a flag stones or paving, and avoid grass or plants within 2 feet of the slab will prevent some potential...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...reduce heat loss through thermal bridging. So yes, it’s a great way to install EPS rigid insulation on the exterior of buildings.

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...reduce the heat load and, if possible, orient the house for passive solar heating . Both of those design priorities will reduce the size of the heating system y...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing materials with low-embodied energy. Different insulation materials will have different R values per inch - wh...

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

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

...reduced as to be neglible? Yes, exactly. Since the screws do not go right through the wall assembly, the thermal bridging is drastically reduced. There are othe...

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

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...reduce the number and length of HVAC needed, flip the set up so that return is on the inside and heat/cooling on the outside. So I think we are on a better trac...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses