Renovations / Discussions

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...renovations – The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes Here are our top 10 energy-saving home improvement tips with the greatest r...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...renovations. How would you approach the heating/cooling of this house? I should have two heating sources, I've heard. Some options: -Mr. Slim ductless sys...

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

I bought an old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...renovations without great effort. An HRV does not provide the same amount of circulation as a ceiling fan does, and without one, warm air will still collect up ...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

I can find no information on this online and Blum seems to be vague about it also. Any assistance would be appreciated. That is a great question, and so far we...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

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Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

I read in one of your articles when putting up rigid fome to Install two inches of rigid insulation board directly against concrete. A mold expert told me to p...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 0 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

Good morning, I bought an older house (built 1965) in September 2018 and shortly after moving in (mid October), I was experiencing extreme joint pains. Stran...

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

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...renovations will be. The following page will help you understand some of the risks and find the best way forward - The easiest way to insulate walls from the ...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

What is the best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tea...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

Our house is a little over 100 years old, with a cinderblock foundation walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fil...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

We live in Bellingham WA and our basement was built in the 70's. It has high humidity (70-80%RH) although I don't see any visible damp anywhere. The washer/dry...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

Hi, I have an open beam house (no attic access) built in 1962. I live in cold, dry Edmonton Alberta. My low slope roof doesn't leak, however about once a year ...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...renovations that you would need to undo to fix the problem. Wierd that Health Canada calls under 200 bq the 'safe' level. I get that you need to pick a point so...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses