Building LEED / Discussions

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

...LEED homes with you guys, which is fantastic, and lets us know that the area is eco-house-friendly with its regulations, what a relief! We were thinking of bu...

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

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...building site was just begging for that sweet forest view in our case, so with the view and solar gain in mind, we have no regrets. Great question to bring up, ...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...LEED AP (Accredited Professional), or even having a LEED AP on your design team. You could receive a point towards certification by having an AP on your design ...

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

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...building a slab instead of a basement as it virtually eliminates your risk of flooding, but if you’re building a basement I would install a sump pump with a bat...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...building? And what are your top priorities? (meaning – affordable, Eco friendly, LEED or Passive House ready kit homes , etc?) Let us know and we will set you u...

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

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...Building Challenge is the world's most progressive and stringent green building program. It places emphasis on regenerative designs, LEED contains certain aspec...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

Where can I find certified Green builders in ?

Good day, We love your site and all the pertaining information & knowledge that is shared on the green building industru. We are truly grateful for the high ...

Posted by David Gonzalez March 25, 2020, 4:14 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

Building a new home (2x6); want to add 2-4" of rockwool on the outside; would like my windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are s...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best type of heating system?

...building a home. We are trying our best to be conscious of the energy options. We have an Energy Advisor helping us. Initially, we considered in-floor heating i...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...LEED & Passive House related, structural questions about foundations are out of our competence range which is why on the home we're currently building on poor e...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

I have had some negative respiratory reactions to OSB building products, I think?? I want to build a new home. Are there safer plywood options? What is the hea...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...building them in partnership with spray foam manufacturers that have changed to safer blower agents with lower GHGs (Greenhouse Gases), that would certainly be ...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...LEED ’. Those are green building certification programs , so even if you don’t want to pursue one, finding a builder that has built a Passive House or a LEED ce...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...building performance and design. Most models also come with some ability on the part of homeowners to make minor modifications to existing plans in order to cus...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...building green outlined in the systems employed in the Kenogami home, was offset by the savings on the running costs for the home on a monthly basis? We have no...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...buildings with the EC3 calculator from Skanska The LEED Home Rating System has always rewarded points for material selection (awarding points for locally prod...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

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

...LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , our LEED Platinum Kenogami House , and our newest demo house in Wakefield QC has a feature that may be of interest, we instal...

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

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...LEED Platinum demonstration home (the Edelweiss House) a few years ago (on a slab) and we were careful to choose healthy building materials such as zero VOC pai...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses