Water / Discussions

What is the best material for flooring?

...water than in living areas. Here is our page about choosing flooring to see the options- How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable and beautiful floors S...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...water is leaking into the refrigerant that is a pretty significant and costly failure, if refrigerant is leaking into water than is less serious and can probabl...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...water heat pumps so that I may enjoy radiant heating and cooling. And to answer your questions, the answer is yes to both. It is a new construction on a foundat...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...water on it but I’ve still seen a few since then. We’re hoping to deal with this before it grows into another roof repair. In the spring and summer, it is quite...

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

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...water for water. I want the house to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wondering what sort of insulation to use an...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...water management, insulation, and airtightness. Our first suggested assembly for interior basement insulation would be a vapor barrier membrane directly again...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...water. And we always take the opportunity to recommend people to source triple-pane windows. They are much better than double pane for performance, they resul...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...water then you would be wise to install a drain. If it's not a finished floor then you could smash the concrete with a sledge hammer around the edge , dig it ou...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...water feeds and electrical lines, they should be put into conduits (a sleeve), so if there ever was an issue you can pull them out and replace them. HRV ducting...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...water heater, lighting, heating) comes to just over $500 per year. Read more about the LEED Platinum Edelweiss house heating and electrical systems here . If ...

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

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...water to drain out. To now address the fluid ground loop portion of your question: This involves running a ¾ pex loop through the ground (with a glycol mix ...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...water. There are a lot of rigid insulation panels, and foil faced rigid insulation boards make a great vapor barrier , it's just worth noting the characteristic...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...water heater but no furnace, so its stays pretty cold. The most likely cause of your problem is actually the inclusion of ventilation, which is a fairly common ...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...water, every morning it's all over the window sills, running down the wall - in the bathroom it's even making a puddle on the floor tiles. Now I noticed the sea...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...water leaks in the spots of the basement I can see and since demo it has rained and still no water. If I’m understanding you, keeping your poly vapor barrier aw...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...water at about 42" below ground level. These constraints seem to have ruled out a lot of possibilities. Would it be realistic to look at converting to a slab fo...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...water dripping from my interior open beam. Only lasts a few hours, I understand that my vapour barrier is compromised, and this is a result of accumulated moist...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement wall frami...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses