Wood / Discussions

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...wood, which can then be covered to match the rest of the house. Installing wood stoves with existing fireplace chimneys: By installing batt insulation in th...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...wood cabin. I believe it is cedar that has been stained and the ceikling is also exposed. We do not want to cover the ceiling that is why we are insulating the ...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...wood, keep the bottoms at least a foot from the ground. Consider a siding other than wood . Keep all vegetation at least 2 feet away from walls. Choose an...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you use boards instead of sheathing?

...wood is currently about 150% up in price since pre-covid. This page about ways to cut back on lumber when building houses will probably be of interest to you as...

Posted by Stephen Montgomery May 30, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...wood, so an above grade wall assembly can usually achieve a higher performance level for a lower cost since you can use wood as the structure. Yes, you will hav...

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

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...wooden studs and the structure is some kind of outdoor plywood, concrete floor and metal pump pan. The building is on posts. Need to determine best way to insul...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

I have a 540 sq ft room that needs new framing, insallation, interior and exterior walls. Termites and woodrot have eaten the exterior walls posts and beams. A...

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Hello EcoHome I was wondering, do you offer your home kits to Massachusetts?

I am interested in passive/net zero home (prefab/modular). You can see all of our LEED and Passive House ready kit houses on this page here , and yes, they are...

Posted by Kimberly Luce July 23, 2020, 7:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...wood, pellets, oil and propane , and a very small amount of people heat their homes with of coal. That covers the fuel sources, and costs will vary by region....

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

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...wood, it won’t be coming off. So unless someone invents a spray foam removal machine in the future, the current final destination of studs and sheathing covered...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...wood flooring above the surface of the concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place washing machi...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...wood, so they are in a way a potential indication of other problems. There are several strategies that can help prevent an infestation before it occurs, as well...

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

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...wood soffits) would probably create enough ventilation to prevent the air from hitting the dew point. We have never been fans of unventilated roofs, as far as w...

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where is the correct vapor barrier location in Chicago?

...wood, the layers separated by about 1 inch of space. The bottom plywood coverings go to the foundation wall. The interior wood surfaces of the space are untreat...

Posted by Joel Peerson Jan. 31, 2021, 7:31 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...wood subfloor, it's adhesion would be reliant on the linoleum below. So if that ever became unadhered, the Marmoleum would come with it.

Posted by Deanna Willer Oct. 1, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Compared to pre-fab wall assemblies - how does ICF Construction fare?

...wood frame exposed out in the rain for weeks or months to get saturated and warped. The next level up from that are companies that offer prefab ‘turn key’ hom...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Which is the best foam board insulation to put against poured concrete basement walls?

...wooden stud wall, add batt insulation between the studs (you can also leave them empty with no harm done), and after you do the wiring just put drywall on, DO N...

Posted by Patricia Roberts Dec. 28, 2021, 6:18 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...wood stove or pellet stove (if local regulations don’t forbid it) might be an option to consider, though it will also offer localized heat, so in the absence of...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses