Structure / Discussions

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...structure? Ie. Camper van. Anytime you put insulation on either side of metal, like putting batts of insulation between metal studs on exterior walls you will h...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Where can I buy hemp batt insulation in Canada?

...structure. Would like to purchase Canadian product from Canadian diatributor (not California). We will soon be suppling Hemp Insulation and Hemp Building Produc...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 12:48 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What type and how to install an insulated metal flue pipe ,through a tiled roof?

...structure under a tiled roof. Installing a chimney for a wood stove or fireplace through the roof is a job that should be done by professionals only. I say this...

Posted by david joseph July 25, 2020, 7:10 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

For doing an off grid home what is the cost of the slab?

...structure I want to build. Can you help? Where are you building? And are you talking about the air heated raft slab form kit from Legalett ?

Posted by Jayperion July 31, 2020, 10:15 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...structure, and the fact that I have bedrock (Lake Huron / limestone) 18" below the surface. Wouldn't a poured perimeter wall down to bedrock be a better approac...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...structure was damaged by ants. We saw them a lot back then but we didn’t see any inside again until just two weeks ago this spring. I found a nest close to our ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab foundation on a slope?

...structure and the garage would be at the bottom leve. I assume that this would require retaing walls from each higher slab to the one below. Thanks, Keri Ther...

Posted by keri gelenian Nov. 23, 2020, 6:32 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...structure but add insulation to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we don’t lose too much space inside. Do you have suggestions about how to go abo...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

...structure at risk from water penetration? How much benefit would we get from just insulating attic area and crawl space? We were going to install cold weather h...

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...Structure planned is a bungalow of ~ 2000 sq ft with a 3 car attached garage. Based on the promotional material, the Legalett system seems like a good choice to...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...structure (with a cement block foundation and piers) into a garage with a 550 sq ft passive house on the main floor. Do you have recommendations for pre fab kit...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...structure, particularly if you frame walls within it, then it can in a way become something of a simple decoration in a way. Here is our page on wall assemblies...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...structure there. Are you modifying an existing structure or building a new one? Either way it doesn’t hurt to check with Legalett for a price, and that could he...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...structure of your home. Spray foam on rim joists of old homes that are NOT embedded in concrete is one of the few places we regularly recommend using it, as a...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can you insulate an existing slab on grade floor?

...structure would be virtually impossible to mitigate. One could always demo the existing slab and replace with insulation and new concrete but suspect the paybac...

Posted by Patrick Berkeley Dec. 31, 2020, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

Can I use straw bale sips on the exterior of a shipping container home?

...structure. Converting shipping containers to homes is an interesting movement but is not as ‘eco’ or ‘green’ as people may think, so if you haven’t started ye...

Posted by Chelsea Teresak Nov. 28, 2020, 9:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What considerations should be made when installing a green roof on a metal building?

...structure, we would not be able to offer any advice sorry. You should have an engineer determine that. It doesn’t sound like you have a ton of cash lying around...

Posted by Nina Flores Feb. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...structure (not uncommon, certainly with older houses) it is very easy for the foam to become un-adhered and allow air to leak through. For sealing between win...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses