Roof / Discussions

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...roof material. Is there a big difference in cost? 2. Access for mechanical - I can't get my head around having to embed drains, plumbing, electrical, etc in c...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...roofs, with an OSB base and WRB (weather resistive membrane), which is basically a mesh that is attached to an OSB sheathing panel with a paint applied. So it i...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

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

...roof). You can read all about rigid insulation panels here . Installing insulation that acts as a vapour barrier on the outside will not serve you well, excep...

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

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

...roof. 2 – A busy roof is expensive: Lots of dormers and different roof pitches slows down roof framing, sheathing, installation of roof coverings, etc. it als...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...roof, infloor heating in basement, geothermal heating (closed loop, 6 wells 200 ft deep), triple E argon windows, R50 attic insulation, etc. However, the coax...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Can you combine a natural swimming pool with a rainwater harvesting garden?

...roof runoff, I would see no problem doing that with a metal roof, but shingles, particlularly older ones, may deposit toxic debris in it. This page would be gre...

Posted by Kitty Bridgens Feb. 7, 2019, 4:23 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 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

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...roof surface then that’s not going to help at all. But if it were me doing it, that would be the first thing I’d do – get the two sided tape and plastic for win...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...roof and floor, so not very energy efficient Drafty on a cold winter night Plumbing solutions can be tricky So it ultimately comes down to lifestyle and c...

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?

...roof) read here to see how much insulation you need for green home construction . Calculating the amount of glazing (not too much, not too little) – Windows f...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

We have water butt's to collect water. How could we get them to water tank so c

Water pump to get water to tank in roofs pace? Not sure what your question is, please write it out in more detail. We have a holiday home with no mains water. ...

Posted by Denise Humphries June 8, 2020, 3:45 a.m. Rainwater harvesting 3 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...roof meet. If it is over the entire surface then that could be a lack of insulation. How high is the relative humidity in your home? Does your home have an ...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...roof. These pages may be of help: How to insulate a basement and avoid mold Best practices for basement construction Sewage backup valve ...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...roof (not flat). I am actiing as the general contractor and we are living on site in an existing house that will be demolished once the new build is finished. R...

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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...roof climbing south with a large overhang to have a roof over the patio on the south side. I know someone locally that can draw the house to show where the sun ...

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