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Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...to our Green Home Building Guide , the Ecohome planning and design page is a great place to start, and as you get further into you planning please feel free to ...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

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

...to keep the damp down to mitigate heat loss but also protect air quality . They are also a good source of questions for us! This page below is a good place to s...

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

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...to their air distribution system. Would this be compatible? Are there unnecessary inefficiencies in going from air to liquid and back to air, and if so, how to ...

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 6 Responses

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...to build, which equates directly to cost. And to help the vetting process, here is a page about what to look for when choosing a home building contractor. The...

Posted by Adrian Baerlocher Nov. 12, 2021, 3:58 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

How do you install a radon barrier in a crawlspace with an uneven floor?

...told by one radon mitigation professional who came to our home, that our first step would to be to install a vapor barrier over the entire surface, ensuing that...

Posted by Reinhart Bigl Nov. 29, 2021, 4:01 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 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

Can I purchase XPS made with HFOs?

...start a new residential build Spring 2020. Can I purchase XPS panels with HFOs anywhere? If not, any idea when they will be available? If they aren't available,...

Posted by Kate Noblio Dec. 14, 2019, 12:35 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What kind of incentive are available for a high performance net zero home?

...to federal – it's hard to keep it totally up to date but have a look: Tax incentives and credits for energy efficiency home renovations I hope you find some...

Posted by Matt Garrod March 28, 2021, 3:37 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 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

How do you install earth tubes for passive heating and cooling?

...to ventilation systems, that’s a different matter altogether. For the moment though and for tips on how to build passive solar, I would start here – How to buil...

Posted by Nancy Arevalo Aug. 19, 2021, 1:08 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...to make a slab more comfortable without a radiant heat, but were you planning to install a floor covering ? A lot of variables will start to come into play, I’l...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 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

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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...top and is hanging down folding over in half to allow the top half of the wall to dry out. Not sure what to do. I don't want the framing to get moldy. If spray ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses