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What is the best indoor lighting solution for a single story cathedral ceiling?

We were originally looking at recessed 4-in LEDs lighting across the cathedral ceiling (single story cottage in Quebec with insulated R60 roof), but now concer...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy June 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m. Lighting 1 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...solution for Passive House slabs, and I honestly don’t know of any other commercially available product. Sorry about that Shaun! I'm a little surprised that a s...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

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

We bought a home that had been recently remodelled - everything about the interior is to our liking. However, we firmly believe the insulation is inadequate. W...

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

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...solution for a home, but to do so successfully there are considerations. Any radiant floor heating system (gas or electric, hydronic or radiant air heating tube...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What are the best air-quality solutions for processing cigarette smoke?

...solution for managing my indoor air quality. RGF's Microcon Whole-Home HEPA filter (https://www.rgf.com/products/air/microcon-350/) appears to be the best optio...

Posted by Jordan Hoffman March 18, 2021, 2:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

How do you fix radon in a basement?

...solution I can implement under my floor. While my basement is finished I am not going to overlook any opportunity to make my home a safer place for my babies. ...

Posted by Ej Weiss Aug. 11, 2021, 7:14 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...solution to create a thermal and air barrier on our 1970s raised bungalow. We have a fully insulated (with spray foam) basement up to the rim joists. This spa...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

...solution and was wondering if it would be possible to raise the house 2-3 feet and put it on gravel and an insulated slab while turning the basement into a ther...

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Best small ventilation HRV or ERV for a camper van or tiny house?

...solution in hot or cold climates. Ideally the HRV or ERC system I'm looking for would be powered by 12 or 24Vdc. Thanks Ventilation in tiny houses seems to be o...

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 5 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...solution so I can use the cottage in the winter and keep the pipes from freezing. Any suggestions would really be appreciated. Thank you. Whether or not you nee...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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

...solution. And no doubt need some radon mitigation as well. The house is sitting above bedrock and my neighbour who tried to dig a basement found water at about ...

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

Should I insulate a crawl space from the outside?

...solution is to remove the eps and poly and spray foam the walls and floor but I'm concerned about having the vapour barrier on the inside of the concrete wall. ...

Posted by Ryan Argente March 7, 2021, 5:07 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...solution for this and want to make sure that I am addressing the actual underlying problem. Would I have to remove insulation, vapour barrier and drywall on int...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...solution will be good in case of air conditioning and if this have a chance to act both as a place to grow plants and extension of some rooms. (kind of like its...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...solution - but I wondered whether we would be better getting a continuous drain dehumidifier, a HRV or ERV ventilator unit, or simply put a decent fan one side ...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...solution? Should vents be added to allow full air flow behind the insulation, like in a roof space? All my knowledge tells me this will be ok but I'm not a sc...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...solution, if there is a toilet & sink on second floor) Approx. 340 sft for dining and living (something like 22’ x 15.5’) Storage for extra blankets, sheets, pi...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...solution--1 fella just saying he 'just didn't know". Along the east wall from corner over,I've cut away the black liner, pink batt and poly - all wet inside wit...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses