Demo House

 
Recycled quartz countertop
The ECO brand Kitchen counter from Cosentino is part of the quartz family but is made with 75% recycled materials. . Watch more videos   There's a lot to think about when choosing kitchen countertops, starting first of all with finding something you like to look at and...
Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
To ensure comfort and get the highest efficiency from the systems in the Edelweiss House air must circulate. . In order to ensure comfort and get the most from the various systems of our house air needs to move around. Our air source heat pump and our heat pump water heater  work...
Heat pump water heater
Heat pump water heaters can help cut your hot water energy consumption by close to one third, particularly when partnered with an air source heat pump. Water heaters are generally the biggest energy drain in a home after heating. Air-to-water heat pumps are potentially a big...
Ductless mini-split air source heat pump
Heat pumps can heat a house three times more efficiently than other forms of heat. When paired with a heat pump water heater you can significantly drop the cost of heat and hot water in a home. The Edelweiss House has a radiant floor to keep our feet comfortable but we rely on a...
Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
LED light bulbs now come dimmable and with warm colours. Check out our video on choosing bulbs and DIY installation tips. . DIY video about choosing the best LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation...
Living green roof on the Edelwiess house
A living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly.   Watch more videos The most common building material used for roofing is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your...
Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
A lot goes into choosing a toilet. Here at the Ecohome Demo house, which earned Platinum under LEED Version 4, we considered 3 factors- water efficiency, performance and aesthetics. ...
Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Radiant heated floors add comfort to a home and can help you heat more efficiently. ...
Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Slate tiles for finishing bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls. We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times...
DIY cork flooring installation
Cork as a finished flooring product: renewable, beautiful, comfortable and affordable. Cork is a renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them. Although it comes from far away (mostly Portugal), but its carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given...
All lumber for interior and exterior framing is FSC certified. All framing materials for the Demo House are FSC certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber. Kott engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut list for each framing member...
Mitsubishi Mr.Slim heat pump
A high efficiency mini-split heat pump feeds a heat pump water heater which will take a big bite out of the future energy bill of the Demo House. Our previous update covered aspects of the building envelope, which allowed us to reduce the annual heating requirement to about the...
Radiant floor tube installation
Installing a hydronic radiant floor system in a slab-on-grade floor. ...
Slab-on-grade  for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
This page follows the progress so far on our Demonstration House and detailing home orientation and slab construction techniques. . The Ecohome Demonstration House is well underway, the following page chronicles the first stage of constuction, building the slab-on-grade. The...
Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold climate home construction. The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling...
Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Drywall may all look the same sitting in stacks in the store but they are very different in performance, strength and ecological impact.   There is a lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of...
DIY air exchanger installation video
The Lunos Heat Recovery Ventilation system (HRV) is a completely new approach to home ventilation, great for both new home construction and renovations. The Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system of the Edelweiss House is very different than what people are probably used to seeing...
Drainage planes and air spaces: Siding installation tips so your walls can dry. The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to...
The Demo House will have excellent air quality due to having choosen non-toxic building materials, but also through the removal of moisture and contaminants directly from sources. Removing source contaminants and moisture from homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and...
Understanding building science basics will help you design and build durable and efficient wall systems. .   Watch more...
Tips for window installation that will give you the best performance and durability.   Watch more videos The Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all...
Air leakage is responsible for a lot of heat loss and moisture damage in walls. Our Demo House has an exterior air barrier and is 5 times more airtight than the average new home being built. . Watch more videos The Ecohome Demo House has a vapour permeable exterior air barrier and...
Mineral wool batts being installed in roof for a total of R95.   Watch more videos Our Demo House roof is a 2/12 pitch insulated to R95 with Roxul mineral wool batts. R95 far exceeds the most rigorous Canadian building codes, and is a key component to us achieving an...
Installing 8 inches of Roxul mineral wool below a concrete slab floor.    WATCH MORE VIDEOS Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost always insufficient, saddling homeowners with a choice between...