Small / Discussions

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

I need to make a small addition to my plumbing to incorporate a new bathroom, what materials should I use? The house has copper pipes but most of what I see ha...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What is better for a small slab on grade foundation: water (glycol) or electrical radiant heat?

On a small footprint foundation (26 x 19 feet) what is better and/or more economical for radiant heat? I am hesitating between water with a micro boiler or ele...

Posted by Mark Dixon July 7, 2020, 2:56 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...small 2 story single pitch home, with a budget of approx $200,000 in Edelweiss, QC - where do we start? We are starting to look at lots, checking out acre or ...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...small cabin a bike everywhere all year round, I now have and live in my truck because I am saving money to build an environmentally friendly house for me and my...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...small as possible at first, but design it in a way that you can easily add onto it if you need more space in the future (see the flexible housing page below). T...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or big one?

I am building a house (super insulated) that has me considering using two smaller water heaters vs. one larger one. Our house will be slab on grade, with the 4...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

At the moment I'm designing a small house that I hope to be able to be able to live in all year round, with zero bills so I'm using wind, hydro and solar for e...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Is there a small ventilation HRV/ERV for a camper van?

Seems the only technology now available is a roof fan and an open window, which isn't a good solution in hot or cold climates. Ideally the fans would be powere...

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

...small project building a garage with charred cedar siding and it is for experimenting of using charred cedar. I'm interested to know the wall construction with ...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

Small bales are hard to find now. Large bales are cheap and more compact (need less or no precompression). And what about footings? There can be more risk of i...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

I am very sensitive to dust and smoke. We use a wood stove for winter heat. Just the small amount of smoke from opening the stove door causes throat irritation...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

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

...small creek running through our property. I can't see why a natural swimming pool and a rainwater harvesting garden / system cannot be combined into one area. I...

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

Lunos HRV - where can I buy them and get advice?

...small bathroom. I underestand there is a limit as to how close units can be to eave overhangs. Is the a consultant who could advise me in the Burlington Vt. are...

Posted by martin tierney Nov. 16, 2019, 4:57 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...small like this. Thanks! That’s a great question, and a great practice. Insulating hot water pipe s can show a savings of up to 20% on your total water heating ...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...small repair such as changing out the washer and replacing the drain cover. But still, the problem exists. If you have any DIY tips, please do share it with me ...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

...small backyard. Tried to cultivate grass for years but often dies. Would love alternative ground cover. Ideally not waiting months for it to establish (young ki...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...small stone house a few hundred meters from the shore of Georgian Bay. It has a shallow crawl space which is about 20" deep. About 15 years ago the floor joists...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

I'm looking to build a small single level passive solar orientated house with double walls or Larson truss (either would have dense pack cellulose) on a slab f...

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