Wood / Discussions

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...wood burning stove. Thanks in advance! Most of Colorado has semi-arid climate conditions, and your temperatures aren’t that extreme (says the Canadian, eh..) so...

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

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

...wood. The interior surface of triple-pane windows will be warmer than doubles, so less condensation will form which will help safeguard the interior wood. her...

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

Can I put foam boards up after I frame a basement?

...wood to keep it dry. Then you could use batts which would be easier to install. Is there space between the wood and the concrete? They really shouldn’t be touch...

Posted by Paul Hylan Dec. 27, 2021, 11:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the most cost effective way to build a rain screen wall assembly?

...wood over 1/4" drywall, 2x4 stud wall 24" o.c. w/ rockwool insulation in cavity, 7/16" sheathing, 2" EPS Rigid Insulation, water-resistive barriers (WRB), verti...

Posted by Jess Glowacki June 22, 2021, 7:55 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...wood forced hot air system For a house of its age and depreciation, and our likely ten additional years ownership, the investment of $4000 is too high The s...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...wood wall panels for interior walls instead of drywall . I read your article about using 'UV Wood' from Columbia Forest Products (hyperlinked) . These panels ar...

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

How would you insulate a shipping container house?

...wood and recycled shipping containers are far more sustainable than concrete house. I am studying how to insulate these structures in a sealed blanket of form...

Posted by Randy Moory July 20, 2021, 7:02 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...wood-sill assembly (not imbedded in concrete). I have removed existing drywall, 2x2 studs, 6mm poly, r12 fiberglass insulation, and tar paper everywhere except ...

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

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...wood. The walls are insulated with traditional Fiberglass Pink. I will be putting solid 3/4" wood siding over top of the exterior walls. I plan on strapping the...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

...wood skirting around the house to prevent a repeat situation? You’ve got two separate questions here, so first check this page here on crawlspaces – How to in...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...wood paneling attached on the outside of the beams. For the next layer, I am thinking to wrap with vapour barrier. Six to eight inches of rigid rockwool insulat...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

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

...wood fireplace insert (or pellet)/or woodstove (I intend to get one of these anyway) Would it be enough to get a Mr.Slim type system which is good to -25 and ...

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

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...wood sills and then connected to vertical EPS against concrete. Batting added after framing and inside rim/cripple wall cavities. 3) Sealing & batting first, ...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for concrete block foundation wall and basement stud wall system?

...wood.) Choosing the best way to Insulate the interior of a CMU or block foundation is not as simple as with poured foudations as they are only held together but...

Posted by Don Fraser Dec. 8, 2021, 10:54 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...wood in with the moisture is only ever going to lead to rot. We have a full basement with a treated wood foundation in Minnesota. Between the treated wood studs...

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

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...wood frame windows when updating the outside of our home. Located in northern Alberta. Hey Rebekah, I think effectively you answered your own question when you ...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

I am looking to install a heat pump ,HRV, Radiant heat in the slab and a wood stove. do I need all this or can I do it wish just the heat pump? Or can you advi...

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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

I live in Southern Alberta and will be replacing my exterior vinyl siding with wood, I also want to add insulation at the same time. It's a 2x4 wall with pink ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses