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What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...top. It’s not the worlds most durable surface, but if you rarely need to walk on it, it should last a long time. That would stop the moisture but also stop heat...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...to mount to the wall of my house but it's a passive home done with Larsen Truss. I used closed web I-joist( made from 2x3 and osb). Can I mount to this without ...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...to remember is that basement walls can’t dry to the outside the way above grade walls can, so you need to sure not to trap moisture inside the walls where the w...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can you build a water-to-Air Heat Pump with a large storage tank and well water?

...to a large tank and use a water-to-air heat pump. I live in a cold climate so in the winter the water will be much warmer than the air. In the summer the syst...

Posted by Doug Edmondson Feb. 29, 2020, 3:32 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...to talk to someone on this situation to get a good understanding of what to do with limited money....is there a contact number ' When looking for the best way...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is there a concrete admixture to prevent water leaks?

...to prevent water wicking into concrete. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you! To be able to help you solve your problem we would need a bit more info. Please ...

Posted by Frank Liu July 4, 2020, 6:03 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...to use for the winter. I would check the weather stripping around the door, that may need to be replaced, which again, one would hope is something a landlord ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...to lean towards "wool" insulations such as sheep's wool or rockwool. Is that accurate? Lastly, continuing down the path of favoring allowing moisture to trave...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...to solar collection potential). Am I crazy? Brian We haven't seen any great results when trying to marry solar air heaters to an HRV . To achieve a similar re...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

...to paint the exterior. Suggestions?

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 0 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...tories with a pitched roof that faces south. The garage will be adjacent to the pool. Being a two part question I wouldn’t really say yes to using it for both, ...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...together. Further to that, there are a few variables at play that need to be considered when designing the slab to ensure durability: The AFI (air freeze inde...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...to drop a line when you have a short list. It has been very busy times lately so we can be sure to reply quicker with a follow up, sorry it took a while to get ...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...to your window is a bit confusing, here is our video guide page on passive solar basics – How to build a passive solar home The short story is, that if the ...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses

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

...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 space is now...

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

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...to add insulation to the outside of our stucco siding (concrete like material, about 3/4" thick). I was thinking about attaching large insulating panels (styrof...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate exterior of older home?

...Toronto with plaster lathe walls with no insulation behind them. I want to insulate the walls but not remove the plaster as it's still in excellent condition. M...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...to be closer to the ground that a standard foundation, so I would inspect the bottom of the siding to see if there is moisture damage. I would also ask for an...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses