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Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

I own my detached home in Vancouver. We have a natural gas boiler that heats water for hot water uses and the water that flows through floor pipes providing ra...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

how can I find diy green roof supplies in the Vancouver area?

Would like to put a green roof on our existing garage, its approx 70 years old. Where can we get materials to b iuld like to do it ourselves?

Posted by Rachel Riding April 13, 2020, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses

Are straw sips panels available in bc or Canada?

...Vancouver Island. I wonder where we can find straw sips? Finding straw bale SIPs in Canada is tricky at the moment, the only commercial manufacturer we knew of ...

Posted by Jocelan Maxwell Nov. 14, 2021, 7:32 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...Vancouver I would recommend looking into a Vancouver company called Lane Fab Design Build, even if they aren't close enough to build it for you they can help yo...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

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

...Vancouver Island Unfinished crawlspaces really are a source of moisture and mold , that’s why its so important to keep the damp down to mitigate heat loss but a...

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

How do I condition my crawl space with a dirt floor?

...Vancouver Island BC. I am have trouble deciding on sparying open cell in the joists and leaving it vented or sealing the crawl with closed cell on the perimeter...

Posted by Ryan Reichelt Nov. 27, 2020, 12:25 a.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...Vancouver island, Canada. Below grade 8’ total height, (2’ above grade, 6’below). Polyiso tightly butted together but not taped & in direct contact with/held ...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...Vancouver? Where exactly are you located? You can read all about Polyiso and other rigid insulation panels here – Rigid insulation panels, how to choose the b...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...Vancouver Island. We definitely want to avoid using 6 mil poly anywhere in our home. We are wondering if vapour barrier paint would be acceptable to the local b...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

Is it possible to build a prefab as a guest home next to an already built home?

...Vancouver Laneway house movement , where cities are encouraging urban densification. I would check with your local building authorities to know for sure. We hav...

Posted by Sadhvi Alam Jan. 17, 2021, 5:48 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...Vancouver environment. My original plan was to install 1x strapping to concrete, followed by housewrap stapled to strapping then r14 rockwool batts first run ...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...Vancouver for example, than when you build out of expensive urban cores. With all that out of the way, for a very general idea, you are probably looking at $2...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses