Windows / Discussions

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...windows would work best? Perhaps adding ventilation passages between floors for air movement? Where to place vents for air circulation between rooms to take adv...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...windows on this one), intead of from the roof. Thank you! Removing radon gas with sub-slab suction is not something we would call ‘easy’; and our first reco...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted gravel already down for the slab to sit on, s...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...windows (thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geoth...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...windows and doors ? That sounds like an issue that a landlord should be taking care of, though I’m not sure what sort of tenant rights you have where you live, ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...windows, but the bottom of those windows is nearly at-grade. That wall is still full-height poured concrete. The rest of the basement is below-grade. We aren'...

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

How to fix condensation on ceilings?

...windows in the home? It’s almost certainly solvable…

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...windows on East and West for morning and evening sun, and it will have a wood burner as a focal point. The current kitchen will be extended into the current liv...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...windows that depends on the extent of damage and the cost comparison of repairing / replacing. So – in some cases, if you’re sure it’s the condensation that’s t...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...windows as be more scrappy with the rest, and we’ll get some friends on board to help ease some labour costs when and where possible ) . We’ll have to do more r...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...windows (double pane) and doors are all Zone 2 rated appear to have been replaced within the last 15 years. I have only been in the home since the end of Feb, b...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Is it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...windows so they are not a problem to shim out. I doubt condensation in walls would be an issue with this plan Roger and Judy I would consider choosing a...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...windows, and around any plumbing and ventilation openings. Over top of the exterior air barrier you can then add the rigid insulation boards you choose. Our p...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...windows to block their entry points and prevent air leakage. Install mosquito nets at any openings like dryer vents and stove hoods. Keep the humidity level...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...windows, R50 attic insulation, etc. However, the coax coil in the geothermal system has rusted out which I understand the system need to be replaced. It also ...

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

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...windows - and if it's hot upstairs check on loft insulation as this is a relatively affordable upgrade with tangible benefits and ROI - I noticed ecoHOME has lo...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...windows. The sections of wall between the south-facing windows in the Edelweiss house are fully filled with 2x6s, and would have been much thicker if the struct...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...windows is good, as long as you don’t end up feeling like you’re in a bunker. Your design sounds similar to our Edelweiss House , we did include a few small win...

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