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What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...start to an efficient and durable home, we just built our recent Demo House on a Legalett slab air heated floor last year. I would first point you to this page ...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...to find out how much to build a small zero net home on land outside of Vancouver, sea to sky, who do I talk to? Is there a cost calculator or builders you can s...

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 do a basement renovation?

...to let the moisture escape into the basement where it can be easily managed by a dehumidifer. Have you done all the mud and taping yet? If not slice it open whe...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...to the baseboard is very cold. My plan is to fully demo the basement walls and start from scratch. I've been getting mixed opinions online about properly in...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...to check out that seem to address a lot of your issues that would be a good place to start: Radon gas barriers for below slab floors How much insulation doe...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...towels Screw Piles VS foundation (lowe Steel Roof Ikea Kitchen – laminate countertop, simple 36” fridge, Electric Cook-top stove – range hood, Dishwasher Stac...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Metal structure from the Inside?

...to find out what the manufacturer suggests. I'm interested to see the response of the pros here too, I'd have said some low CFC spray foam but that's going to...

Posted by Jacky Surber May 2, 2021, 4:09 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

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

...too :) When a house doesn't lose much heat you don't need to add much heat. I wouldn't build a 'Code' quality house where I'd need to drop 15K to meet the deman...

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

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...to have two, one on each side of the HRV. I understand using the ground loop fluid to preheat the air in the winter prior to entering the HRV but would in not b...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...to the point where you aren’t even using it as living space? Eventually though, as you seem to know, you will need to do a full renovation and remove all the ...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...to pick the one you want to work with, so start on this page here – All you need to know about Passive House Certification But to answer you question specif...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

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

...to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wondering what sort of insulation to use and what thickness (it doesnt get to...

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

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...to take the Living Building Challenge . We would be quite happy to work with you to meet those objectives, that would be a great feature to add to the featured ...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...to hire a consultant to optimize passive solar, ventilation, and other aspects. Do you have a list of recommendations? If you want to learn how to build the bes...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...tore, I don't want to grow them in my walls. So start here with the building science basics, we've made it simple (and even fun we think) to learn - How to pr...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...To determine the ideal envelope to a reasonable a degree of accuracy you would need to hire a designer who is able to do energy modelling , and finding a Passiv...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...to attach this blanket at top, middle and bottom of the 2 walls. The walls are 6'5" with 2 1/2" space to bottom of joists. (don't know how to remove concrete na...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses