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

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

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...Building Guide pages , and if you don't find all you need, drop us another question here. I am planning on building on east coast in the future and I will be ...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...building adhesives are where some of the most nasty fumes will come from if you don't select them carefully. I hope some of these pages help, have a read and le...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...building plans. We don’t currently have plans we can offer unfortunately. There are Passive House and LEED certified prefab kit homes available that may meet yo...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 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

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...building certification programs such as Passive House will have higher standards than building code and will require that you add a slab vapor barrier, and to a...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...building new homes with high performance insulation systems such as Passive House or LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with dense packed cellulose i...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 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

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

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

...building cost: 1– Corners are expensive: A square house with four corners is cheaper than an elaborate footprint. Think about the added labour every time you ...

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

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

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

...building a custom home. I've done research on contracting, home building, Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expert but I have some knowledge ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses