Building / Discussions

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 3 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

What is the best material for building plumbing?

I'm upgrading all plumbing lines. Which material do you say is the best to use for residential plumbing? Copper, PEX, others? You will often see Pex tubing in ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 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

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

how do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...building would be to jack it up, (get this done professionally as it is not a safe DIY project) then build a slab and drop it back down. I can’t see how cutti...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...building so they last longer There are a few minor tips for deck building that can greatly extend the life of the deck, and particularly the structure underne...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 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

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

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 3 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...building one. there is no real 'heating concept' for Earthships in Canada, the Earthship organization, as near as we can tell, still clings to the delusion that...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

How do I sell my construction materials?

...building materials online, the following page can help you figure out how and were you can do that regionally - Where to buy and sell used building materials ...

Posted by Eshwari Chauke April 20, 2020, 3:04 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 2 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...building in cold climates, certainly not the greenhouse portion. You can read an in-depth analysis of the Earthship and learn why they don’t work well here – ...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

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

...building budget Tips for a successful renovation or house build And here is a short list of things that affect building cost - 1– Corners are expensive:...

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

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

I watched a presentation by Emmanuel Cosgrove of Ecohome who said that a house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable th...

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