Wood / Discussions

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...wood, but concrete will always feel colder. It is well explained here – How to design a home for thermal comfort And I tell you the above from a personal ex...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 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 it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...wood on my house, which will require a coat of paint in the next 10 years or so, and if I could do it over again I'd be going with Shou Sugi Ban Carbonized Wood...

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

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

...wood burner as a focal point. The current kitchen will be extended into the current living space to make a big family area on one side, and have a big island in...

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

How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

I'm renovating a 1901 house, detached wood frame with stone foundation. We are creating a ~1500SF owner's duplex on the 2nd floor and former attic. The basemen...

Posted by Zach Zill Feb. 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 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

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...wood stove, but they are not the most efficient system, and home temperatures tend to vary more when wood is the primary heat source. It also requires that you ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...wood siding. I have had 3 HVAC contractors in my home for assessment. The first, said to set it at one temperature and forget - stating ASHP are the most effi...

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

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...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

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

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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...wood and OSB sheathing – which is better? So the WRB sheathings we like, but we become a bit more concerned when panels have integrated insulation though. I d...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...wood strapping Vertical wood strapping 2” or 4” mineral wool insulation OSB sheathing c/w fully adhered exterior sheathing membrane OR Zip system 2x6 wa...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...wood-framed houses, and done with 2x4’s as well since you no longer need the depth of the studs to accommodate batts. The fact that it is a foam product can giv...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses