Renovations / Discussions

How do I apply for a free energy audit?

...renovations in Canada Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to Apply Step by Step What is offered changes fast as elected officials change – and that can be...

Posted by Mary Wong Oct. 15, 2021, 11:49 a.m. Grants and incentives 1 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 remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...renovations If you have cut open the poly vapor barrier on the basement walls then that is letting moisture escape, that’s a good thing. Do you have a dehumid...

Posted by Justin D'Arcy Dec. 4, 2020, 12:13 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you insulate an exterior wall from the outside?

...renovations, it attaches easily with short screws and breaks the thermal bridge to reduce heat loss . The one thing to remember is to keep at least 2/3rds of ...

Posted by Stuart Seldon Feb. 11, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is insulating an existing home from the outside a good solution?

...renovations is preferrable. The problem is that it can cost more, sometimes there isn’t space to insulate without encroaching on neighboring property lines , an...

Posted by Cate Prichard June 26, 2021, 3:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...renovations, I would first point you to this page that lists different types of insulation along with their uses, and a general idea of how healthy they are: ...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...renovations over the last couple of decades. Poly works on above grade walls, but below grade in basements it usually leads to rotting walls and mold. If ther...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...renovations The biggest problem, as you would read about in that page, is the fact that standard basement construction techniques usually involve an interior ...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

I'm planning on stripping the outside walls right to the studs in an old cabin in cold/very cold climate. It will be heated once a week in winter. There is no ...

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...renovations and energy efficient upgrades . The honest question, is there simply is no single 'best way' to do it, so if someone tells you that, they're wrong. ...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

We recently moved into a 15 year old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We t...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...renovations in the future. Just some food for thought, hope it helps! Thanks for the info, Mike! I think the big worry was labour costs but it sounds like...

Posted by Adrian Baerlocher Nov. 12, 2021, 3:58 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...renovations for more information, and Best pratices for basement construction . Hi, I am reading everything about basements on your site and this answer confuse...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

We have a cabin in the Bershires of Massachusetts ceilings and floor have been insulated, dense pack celluose in ceilings 4 in Amivic graphite EPS under floors...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?


Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...renovations, but in cases where it isn’t part of the load bearing wall it won’t be as solid and able to hold weight the same as the load bearing portion of the ...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...renovations should be carried out - ] How to Prevent Mold When Renovating a Basement Having to remove all the poly is probably not the news you were hoping ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses