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
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
Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?
Posted by Anonymous April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Ventilation 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 to insulate metal structures for all seasons?
Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 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
Starting from scratch in a Victorian row house: how should I heat/cool my home?
Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses
Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?
Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 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
How much does it cost to build a house, by square foot
Posted by Anonymous Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept, design and architecture 1 Responses
Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling.
Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses
How do you design and build a home on a very small budget?
Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept, design and architecture 1 Responses
Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?
Posted by Steve Janovsky Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 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
Post-flood basement renovation: interior finishing
Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses