Wood / Discussions

What is the best non toxic insulation for a house?

...wood framing in your walls that could be re-used in the future will be heading straight to a land fill once it has spray foam adhered to it as it is very diffic...

Posted by Jude Smith Sept. 10, 2021, 10:12 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 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

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...wood or drywall? Is there a poly vapour barrier? What type of insulation does it have, about how much, and is it vented - meaning is there space between the ins...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...wood or cork flooring , but again, the effects aren’t so pronounced that you should fret about it. Best is to inform an HVAC designer ahead of time if you plan ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best material to build kitchen cabinets with?

...wood for the entire kitchen not just the doors and facing. Particle board is cheap, but it is full of adhesives, and it is susceptible to moisture damage and ca...

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

how do I find a window/glass vendor who really understands passive solar houses?

...wood or fiberglass frames with Low-E coatings. Find a reputable company that can build you those and that provides a good warranty and you’re in business. Hav...

Posted by Brigid O'Connor Oct. 23, 2021, 8:55 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...wood and insulation.

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...wood. You can learn more here about how that happens and how to avoid it – How to build and renovate basements properly so they don’t develop mold When you ...

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...wood and exterior aluminum for reasons performance, durability and limiting environmental impacts. Vinyl / PVC frames dominate the window market, but the produc...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...wood against a wet concrete wall, (yes, your concrete wall is probably wet even if you think its dry) followed by batt insulation and a sheet of plastic should ...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...woodtoves and air quality, but I would add a thought - they are two separate issues and neither is good for you. A wood stove that is fed with interior air will...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 5 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 best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

We recently bought a house that was likely constructed in the 1920's or 30's and we would like to install siding on it. Currently it is clad in insulbrick and ...

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...Wood studs will almost certainly be wet when you buy them and install them, that is what you need to allow to dry to the interior since they can’t dry to the ex...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...wood, not seal the wood in with it. One would have thought the Drylok would have done that, but maybe it isn't. Is there anyway you can slip poly in between the...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses