Retrofit an old house / Discussions

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...retrofit an existing slab built in the 70's; to a modern ecoHome standard? I imagine the house would have to be raised (jacked up) and possibly install the new ...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Are their grants in my area?

...an extremely old house and we are loosing lots of heat!

Posted by Shannon Hutchison Jan. 29, 2021, 10:30 a.m. Grants and incentives 0 Responses

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

...and basement. Current heating/cooling: extra-old electric baseboards, and one Samsung mini-split heat pump (sounding sick and old and noisy) at the top of the...

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

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...house is, that can also help you pinpoint any breaches in your air barrier so you can find and fix them. That list of questions is pretty long, and I think th...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...and lathe in the older parts of the house, with fiberglass and interior vapour barrier in the new parts? Yes you could do spray foam if you're removing the shea...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

...an air barrier, then install Larsen trusses, cellulose and a breathable house wrap membrane you would be far better off than the idea of an exterior vapor barri...

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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...anel and I don't want to choose the wrong one, which do you recommend and how much will I need? Thanks, Michael. When I drive by houses doing exactly what you a...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...an old home, circa 1920’s, I’m currently renovating in Saskatchewan, Canada. I want to add insulation on the exterior of the home. The house is currently covere...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...house can breath. What is the right course of action? Thank you Can you please explain a bit better what the mold expert told you? by "on top" of the framing do...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses