I want to build a house to passive house standards and keep it to a relatively small budget. I stumbled upon ICFs and Gigacrete while researching building materials, but haven't seen a lot of passive houses built with these materials. Is there a reason why? They seem to be a pretty efficient method of building houses, can be air tight without a lot of additional work, dont have thermal bridges, and they tend to have a hard time catching fire (important where I live). I'm looking for an educated opinion because I am such a rookie.
How do you attach exterior siding without disturbing the air barrier, on a passive home build?
Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses
I want to insulate the outside of my house and I'd like to know which type of insulation you think is best.
Posted by Anonymous Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 5 Responses
Looking for great reasonably priced way to heat an off grid home
Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 1 Responses
How do I find a green builder in my region?
Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses
Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?
Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses
Could solar thermal air system be coupled to existing HRV for heating the incoming fresh air?
Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses
Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?
Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses
I have the Lunos HRV e2 system in my tiny home and I need help.
Posted by L Dingwall May 24, 2018, 11:06 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses
What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?
Posted by Anonymous Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses
What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?
Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses
If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E (High solar gain) coatings?
Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses
Alternative radiant heating systems for slab on grade
Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses
Post-flood basement renovation: interior finishing
Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses
What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?
Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 5 Responses