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Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...an they are underneath; they can be cleaned but that's a cost you should factor into an offer price. Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a ...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...an carbon, this really does demonstrate how important it is to choose rigid foam insulation boards very carefuly to reduce their environmental impact. All XPS panels are not equal! EPS - Expanded Polystyrene Foam Insulation Boards: Rated at R4 per inch; EPS foam insulation boards are more permeable to air and moist...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...ater level alarms for sump pumps... Should I get a sump pump high level alarm? A sump pump alarm which alerts to high water level is a valuable and affordable addition that can alert you to a problem that you may be able to solve easily in time to possibly prevent a basement flood. Many of the smart home automation...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...about your slab; grab your beads and head to church for confession. Is a slab on grade or a crawl-space better on poor soil or high water tables? flooded crawlspaces are another great reason to choose a slab-on-grade foundation A slab foundation is better . Remember – a crawl space is a mini basement, aka a h...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...ame things that a professional auditor would look at. It would of course be a bit of a stretch to call snooping around your house an ‘energy audit’, but hey…put on some overalls and a hard hat, grab a clip board and get into character because its always wise to take a close look around your house to make sure all is ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...about your slab; grab your beads and head to church for confession. Is a slab on grade or a crawl-space better on poor soil or high water tables? flooded crawlspaces are another great reason to choose a slab-on-grade foundation A slab foundation is better . Remember – a crawl space is a mini basement, aka a h...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...a great time to highlight a few alternatives. Standard residential home construction in most colder climates now involves 2x6s and fiberglass insulation batts. The reasoning behind that is less about snow loads and structural integrity, as much as it is about creating a deeper cavity to accommodate thicker insulation...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...ant a full basement, a great alternative is to build a slab-on-grade . Important note: The following crawlspace solutions are recommendations for how to deal with moisture and heat loss only, and provide only an anecdotal overview of how to deal with radon gas . We would recommend having your air tested for radon, an...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...ation tax credit money. Replacing old and inefficient furnaces makes sense as they usually have a limited life span anyway, but it can also be a good time to switch to a clean energy home heating fuel as well. In many states and provinces heating with gas is popular and affordable, but that may not always be the case a...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...ab-on-grade floor on a site with a high water table. Images courtesy of Yanni Milon. Drain placement for slab on grade with high water table Drain placing with gravel and geotextile under a slab on grade foundation Placing gravel for draining slab on grade with high water table A raft slab acts a bi...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...all assemblies we have little choice but to use some kind of heat conducting material as wall frames; foam studs wouldn't carry a Canadian snow load. What you can do is factor that in during the design phase so you achieve the actual wall performance you want. Installing R19 batts of insulation with R5 wood studs on ...