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Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...building guide pages to learn high performance building techniques. An ‘Eco Home’ could take many different forms, but they would share a few common threads. ...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

...building materials, even if you only get a few bucks for them it's better than sending them to a landfill. Check out the page below, it has a list of a few plac...

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

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

...building this house? Of course, we are interested in health/comfort, lower energy cost and longevity during the ownership of the house. Basement space is a nice...

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

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...building site, whether or not the building will be heated, and the weight of the building that will be seated on it. The engineer will specify what type of insu...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...building materials, but haven't seen a lot of passive houses built with these materials. Is there a reason why? They seem to be a pretty efficient method of bui...

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

What considerations should be made when installing a green roof on a metal building?

...building’? Are you planning on building a green roof because the metal has deteriorated? I ask this because the process would normally start from the roof sheat...

Posted by Nina Flores Feb. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Roof coverings 3 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

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

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...buildings are often built on screw piles, so sure, you can do it. But there are a few advantages and disadvantages that will come with it, so the following may ...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...building Sensible design to ensure plumbing layout meet the needs of a family. Have a look at the Edelweiss House that we built a few years ago, it is a...

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

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...building envelope. There's just not much info out there. Hi Sasha It seems like EPS panels that encapsulate probably double stud light frame steel constructio...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...building codes, so your location is very important, where are you building? And you may not know this but there are different Passive House programs , or rath...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...building authorities to be sure it doesn't violate Building code. Our two cents - there is for sure losses due to the inverter, but for a load as small as lig...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

I am thinking of having a house built in Pensylvania, but would like the builder to incorporate as much green homer building techniques into the new house as p...

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

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...building, however this is such a drastic increase in the horizontal insulation required (distance increased from 12″ to 63″ and R-value from 1.7 to 11.4.) That ...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...building the exterior walls. Just to be clear when you say the 'top of the Roxul', the top horizontal edge of the slab insulation has more insulation sitting on...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses