Roof design / Discussions

How do you build a flat roof in Miami Florida?

...roof area). I would like to recover my pitched roof with Galvalume or something similar but I am really stumped as to how to approach my flat roof area where I ...

Posted by Michael Langlois Aug. 4, 2019, 11:52 a.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...Design If it's mid-September and you are calculating this now, does that mean you are still in the design phase or have you started building? If so, and if yo...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...design. Given that it is a floor and will need to be insulated before a sub-floor is added, it may be quite some time before the building will be closed and p...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...design options. Hi Mike Thanks so much for all this information. We live in southern Vancouver Island. We definitely want to avoid using 6 mil poly anywhere i...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

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

...design is the wall-to-roof junction. If the walls aren't insulated then most likely the ceiling isn't either. You may be able to blow insulation into the attic ...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...design options loaded in the near future, with smaller home options. For the moment the one model that I think may meet your needs is this Prefab tiny house tha...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...design . Lots of wall and ceiling and foundation and attic insulation - yes, see our page here about balancing insulation through a home for the best efficien...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...design will usually lead to a busy roof. 2 – A busy roof is expensive: Lots of dormers and different roof pitches slows down roof framing, sheathing, installa...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...design for choosing the right amount of insulation . To determine the ideal envelope to a reasonable a degree of accuracy you would need to hire a designer wh...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...design calls for up to 16" thick walls, slab on grade, triple glazed windows, and a traditional sloped roof (not flat). I am actiing as the general contractor a...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

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

...roofing materials to protect against high winds, such as a professionally installed and well-fastened metal roof, or a living green roof . Asphalt shingles are ...

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