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What is the best way to build a slab foundation on a slope?

...building site drops 8 feet over 72 feet. Is it feasible and cost effective to build three slab foundations that step down in order to deal with the slope. The t...

Posted by keri gelenian Nov. 23, 2020, 6:32 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...build an off-grid, passively heated home, we have lots of pages that will help you design properly for whatever climate your building in. Below are a few starte...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

I would love to build an off-grid, eco friendly, geothermal Adobe home but I’ve never heard of anyone in Michigan doing so. Is it feasible, and who do I contac...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do I build or buy a salt battery for my home?

...build storage and I would like to use a salt battery.

Posted by Sakthi N Dec. 26, 2020, 9:02 p.m. Renewable energy 0 Responses

Is the Saltbox Passive House a prefab house? Can we build this in the USA?

...build this in the USA? The Saltbox Passive House is not one of our kit houses, sorry! But many of our models are, see all our Passive House and LEED ready Prefa...

Posted by jenny barrett March 19, 2021, 8:05 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Do I need CSA Approval to Build and Sell Solar Air Heaters?

...build, sell and install solar air heaters in Canada? That's an interesting question, but one that we are not really positioned to answer with confidence. I did ...

Posted by Nathan Mackay Aug. 7, 2018, 8:26 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Is it possible to build a prefab as a guest home next to an already built home?

Essentially we would like to build a guest home and in the home we love in has a very large amount of space surrounding it. Would it be possible to install a s...

Posted by Sadhvi Alam Jan. 17, 2021, 5:48 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...build a passive house in Boston on a tight budget? Local builders here are too expensive. Thank you We can’t help you find local builders, but some of our prefa...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...build the best tiny house I would start on this page here , its the best tiny house we have seen - How to build tiny houses on Wheels for cold climates And ...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...build a bungalow in a moderate climate. Temperatures range from about 30 to 65 in the winter and about 45 to 75 in the summer. The house will be south facing wi...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

We're very excited to get going on our project! We've secured our land and want to be moving in this coming fall, first step being the right plan to build our ...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...build to higher standards or are you hoping to achieve Passive House certification ? And are you building in Quebec or did you just get a window quote from ther...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...Building a slab on grade on bedrock is nice and solid, so as long as any water around the perimeter and below can drain to daylight you’re probably going to be ...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 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

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

...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 will ...

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

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...builder is allowed to submit the application and manage the build without being a LEED AP (Accredited Professional), or even having a LEED AP on your design tea...

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 lot How to build a home on shoestring budget Slab on grade construction step-by-step Flexible house design Where to buy used building materials...

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

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

...building high enough to build underneath is a much more risky undertaking that jacking up a cottage a bit to level it. Your cottage would need to lifted high ...

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses