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What is the best type of home heating system?

...type of heating system is most beneficial? Looking for the best heating systems for new builds. Choosing the best heating system for a home depends on a lot o...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...type of wood that works best and that won’t warp from the heat? Installing a radiant floor under wood works fine, but here are some considerations: The best f...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? Is traditional stick frame with dimensional lumber better than usi...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...type of insulation (both underlay and overlay of the electric heating system). My main concerns and fire and offgassing. (ie; which insulation will not give off...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...type stucco that may be original? I was thinking a “bubble wrap” type product, strapping then siding. I’m second guessing myself now as that’s a vapour barrie...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

Do you have a recommendation on the best roof material to use? Here is our page on choosing the best roofing materials , have a look there and you may find a...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

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

I am planning to have a free standing fire place installed into my lounge, but need some clarity on the above mentioned question. the building is a brick and m...

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

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

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

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

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...type of material on the exterior rather than OSB (I'm assuming the builders saved a few dollars by using such a bad material?) There is old aluminum siding wh...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

Building a new raised bungalow in Ontario. Basement will have 9' ceilings, 5 ' concrete wall and 4' knee wall built with 2x6 and batt insulation r22. Should I ...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

I am trying to decide on a suitable foundation for a 1200sqft prefab house to be shipped in 2 sections, with a final resting place in the mountains of western ...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

I have read that heating a product will cause it to release any VOCs, do you have a preferred product for hot water pipe insulation that won’t off-gas into hom...

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

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

I am building a 15 x 24 garage attached to our house and want to include in-floor radiant heat, what is the best choice? Do you suggest electric wires or tubes...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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

...types of board insulation and it’s very easy to add the wrong type, or probably a surprise to some, but the wrong amount. We've had so many questions about the ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 10 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...Type II EPS. Tyvek, siding. I intend to remove the EPS and install a self-adhering WRB on the plywood. Since I have the EPS will I create any problems if I re-i...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Heco topix screws - which type should be used for attaching insulation outside a house?

Attaching battens through 4" EPS foam external insulation, should Therm Insulation or Stainless screws be used? Is it necessary to have the double thread desig...

Posted by Mike Taylor April 7, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Materials and resources 2 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...type you choose, extra R value beyond building code is always a good thing. A very common mistake among homeowners and builders is not thinking about the long g...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

I have a 11x17 feet 3 season gazebo fully enclose on a deck. Sitting on deck board and finish the inside with LVT. I want to insulate the floor. Though of Rock...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses