Affordable house / Discussions

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...house, here are a few links to check out: How to Build Tiny Houses on Wheels for Cold Climates Are Tiny Houses Good for the Environment? If you are lo...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable than a basement. How does he arrive at this conclusion? Basement or not, you...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...house and frame structure (not uncommon, certainly with older houses) it is very easy for the foam to become un-adhered and allow air to leak through. For sea...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...houses for sure, especially those that meet LEED or Passive house performance levels . As for the one that you mentioned, nothing stands out as being particul...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

What would be the best house design financially, and would weather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovatio...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...house that you are legally allowed to build. Here is a page about why better insulated houses are worth the money. There are a number of ways you can go from ...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...affordable and relatively easy solution would to build your own solar water heater with a coil of black PVC Pipe. That is a rather simple matter of having a c...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide between having a basement vs. a slab. The house will be around 3000 ft2 and w...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...house is a prefab kit house seated on a solar air heated floor with a polished concrete slab . High-performance prefab homes tend to be more affordable than sit...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...House. We could follow the plans to build as the general contractor. Thanks again for your time. Jami We don't have in-house architects unfortunately that wou...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...house may make sense, but that is more about being able to move it regularly. If you are looking for a small affordable home that you could transport, a prefab ...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...affordable fuel source and the system is properly designed to heat the space and the install cost is affordable, you will probably be happy with the results. ...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...house but on the lower end of the cost scale, check out our Edelweiss House for inspiration. It is a 1,450 square foot LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for ...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...House. I'm aslo planning to build a house, not necessarily up to passive house standards, but as green as economically possible. For the exterior wall I'm gi...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

Background: House attached on both sides, built in 1875, in Montreal. Two stories and a basement. Main and 2nd floor have wood floors that I don't intend to ch...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

I'm toying with the idea of building a custom home. I've done research on contracting, home building, Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expe...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...House , our LEED Platinum Kenogami House , and our newest demo house in Wakefield QC has a feature that may be of interest, we installed a solar air heated floo...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...affordable. We are currently building a second demo house, this one in Wakefield, QC it is about the size you mention so it may be worth considering, and being ...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses