Wood / Discussions

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

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...wood on and it not get moldy. If you don’t heat the floor it would take longer dry completely just heated ambiently from a wood stove. And as for deciding betwe...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 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 type and how to install an insulated metal flue pipe ,through a tiled roof?

...wood stove or fireplace through the roof is a job that should be done by professionals only. I say this for two reasons – safety of course, to make sure there i...

Posted by david joseph July 25, 2020, 7:10 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...wood and insulation is. Meaning, the last thing you should do in a basement is put a 6-mil poly vapor barrier after the studs, which only serves to keep walls w...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 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

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

Can you add furring to 2 by 4 walls to hold 2 by 6 insulation?

...wood to help carry a bit of the load if necessary. But, all this is simply a long-winded way to say, yeah, you can add 2 inch furring to a 2x4 wall and get more...

Posted by Michael McDougall Oct. 13, 2021, 12:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...wood will continue to absorb moisture as well and begin to rot. I get the idea of the Blueskin to protect the wood from wetting, but it may have the effect of p...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...wood siding. You can even put a pitched roof over top and you can fill the wall cavities with whatever insulation type you want. The best way to do that is to...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...wood studs is building them in partnership with spray foam manufacturers that have changed to safer blower agents with lower GHGs (Greenhouse Gases), that would...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...wood only? Mold typically forms in basements when wood studs and insulation are sandwiched against the wall with a poly vapor barrier, so without that I’m won...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses