Water / Discussions

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...water damage and flooding Bulk water directed towards your foundation will also raise the water table, so it's not a great surprise that it will find its way ...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carpeting. We don't plan to put carpeting back in but...

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

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

...water thermal system in to supply heat for the basement in-floor system and also pre-heat the domestic hot water tank to reduce required electricity consumption...

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

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. Is the closed loop system maintained when diverting heat to the air/water heat exchanger for the wa...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...water leaks. Any advice is apreciated. Insulating the outside of the foundation is a much better idea if you can do it. Insulating the interior of a stone found...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Do you sell and ship kits in the southwest United States?

...water/water catchment system. Looking for an environmentally friendly kit. Thanks. Tracey We are hoping to be able to deliver high performance prefab kit homes ...

Posted by Tracey Locke May 31, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

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

...water radiant floor heating on all three levels as our main heat source. We don’t want ceramic or polished concrete, is there a particular type of wood that wor...

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

Do you have building partners in BC?

...water collection system as our water is not good for consumption. I was looking at the earthship model, however, I was never sold on the heating concept for our...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Can you combine a natural swimming pool with a rainwater harvesting garden?

...water and water from a small creek running through our property. I can't see why a natural swimming pool and a rainwater harvesting garden / system cannot be co...

Posted by Kitty Bridgens Feb. 7, 2019, 4:23 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...water issues and I've opened up the walls where I found some mould to see that the previous owners installed batt insulation directly onto the concrete wall and...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...water and pluming in the floor with my heating system and can place the massive walls on the system to because of the weight of the 18 inch thick wood. There ...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

...Water screen followed by 2 X 4's for strapping using 10" RSS type screws through to the sheathing and purlins. Facia Board installed prior to insulation being e...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...water table is high (12-18 inches below the slab). The cause of the flood was undetermined, but I suspect that a rising water table overwhelmed the 1950's era d...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What size of lot is needed for the Eco habitat 1600?

...water frontage. I Can get that if I need it.Thanks Your best bet would be to check with the local building authorities to find out any minimum or maximum house ...

Posted by Andrew Wallace July 21, 2020, 9:59 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Brooklyn We would propose you use a rigid board insulation for a flat ...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...water, but the prospect of feeling like a commando unit is attacking me with machine guns everytime there's rain or hail is not very appealing. Any idea on how ...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...water tank, which I can use to also help heat the house. Regarding your first question about making your own windows – Let me make sure I really understand – is...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...water damage. Want to have a super durable and safe sealor, probably satin finish most likely. Thank you, Gail The healthiest floor sealer and the easiest to ma...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses