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

...home building lot How to build a passive solar home How to build a slab on grade Choosing the best home insulation That’s a start to a few pages that ...

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

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

...Building Guide To stay on budget when building a home, you need to carefully plan the steps ahead, see below. How to create a house building budget and ...

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

Where do I find home building resources for owner-builders?

...build your own home, start here – Ecohome Green Home Building Guide Our building guide is broken down into categories from Concept and design, all the way t...

Posted by Alex Angel Sept. 30, 2021, 3:20 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...homeowner to get certified or must it be a personal with LEED AP designation? The project is in Ontario, Canada. Yes, any homeowner or builder is allowed to sub...

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

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

...Building Sustainable Green Homes on a Budget How to Stay on Budget When Building a Home And for general design ideas, I’d say you are better off starting wi...

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

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...your first question about making your own windows – Let me make sure I really understand – is your plan to build new window frames then insert the existing seal...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...your own comfort levels. If you live in a hot climate and like to keep your at 68F in the summer time, you’ll need a system that reflects that. There are design...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best heating system for new home build?

...your home a bit cooler because the surfaces you are in contact with give heat to your body rather than steal it. Read more about that here, in our page about ho...

Posted by Maureen Thompson Oct. 28, 2021, 11:33 p.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

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

...build in downtown Toronto or Vancouver for example, than when you build out of expensive urban cores. With all that out of the way, for a very general idea, y...

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

Where do I start if I want to build a hobbit hole?

...home building’. Building into the ground can offer a lot of benefits of balancing temperatures in both summer and winter, but it absolutely must include ‘actual...

Posted by Jasmine Myers Nov. 30, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 4 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...building a "Cabin in the Woods" like back in the day - this will be our 3000 sq.ft. main family home residence. That’s wise thinking to lower energy consumption...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...your personal comfort is affected in your home whether you realize it or not – How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort You will often see Passive House pro...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...building a pole barn home in an area where there is likely to be bedrock if we tried to dig much. Over the 24 foot width of the home, the ground slopes down tow...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...your basement Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly How to Control Radon Gas in Homes

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...your own home building wise only if you do an addition on the home or plumbing so I am good there. This has been a learning experience for sure. I have chec...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...your response. Regards, JC You’ve got two things going here - properly insulating your crawl space and building a wine cellar – I would treat those as two s...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses