Canada / Discussions

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Canada, I just like the thought of it kind of running itself. I have no money yet but need a goal to get there because I am quickly ageing, quicker than every...

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

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...Canada, what is the best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? Is traditional stick frame with dimension...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

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

...Canada? That's an interesting question, but one that we are not really positioned to answer with confidence. I did speak with one manufacturer that thought it w...

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

What is Canada's climate zone?

Where or what is the climate zone? Canada has several climates zones, and it is important to consider the individual climate challenges of a location in the de...

Posted by Nathan Chan Nov. 25, 2020, 8:45 p.m. Lifestyle, location and commuting 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...Canada. It has a solid block perimeter but has a dirt floor. Also, there is a very large rock under the cottage which makes the crawl space uneven- ranging from...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...Canada. Atikokan to be specific. The house has a brick front (which I won't be adding insulation to) the other 3 sides a 2x4 framed , cavities filled with b...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...Canada so winters are cold. The walls are aluminium, i though I could insulate them with 1.5 " rigid board and cover with 1/2" pine. Should I put a vapor barr...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do |I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

...Canada here are a couple other pages that may help – How do I get a free home energy audit in Canada? Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Fr...

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...Canada - Climate Zone 6 - and am considering installing a through-fastened steel roof (panels 36'wide cut to length). My house has a vaulted ceiling (no attic)....

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Are there any updates on the progress of the second demonstration house?

...Canada and the US . you can see a full break down of the mechanical systems, energy performance and total carbon footprint on this page here - Zero Carbon Hom...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...Canada. We get -20C in Winter and we can get +30C in Summer. I have a split level home built in 1961 that is pretty drafty. I would like to start with a basem...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...Canada and the US. If you provide them with final building plans and structural details they will in turn provide you with stamped engineering drawings for your...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...Canada. Yes, any homeowner or builder is allowed to submit the application and manage the build without being a LEED AP (Accredited Professional), or even havin...

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

Can these homes be built on screwpiles as an alternative to slab foundations?

...Canada and the US . So I would suggest you Join Ecohome as a free member (we don't spam or trade our members addresses), since we will send out a notice when we...

Posted by Mark Pospisil July 28, 2020, 9:41 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...Canada and the US here very soon, as an alternative I would propose rock wool / mineral wool insulation as it is also less likely to be harmed by any incidental...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...Canada it came from. A CLS stamp on wood is pretty common to see in the US because Canadian framing lumber is very high quality (the maple syrup, toboggans and ...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), despite the fact that this product is UV resistant and therefore acceptable for use outside, which is not the ca...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...Canada. The insulation looks like foil but is a polymer. This from the company website in Canada "Quik-Therm multi-purpose insulation{MPI} is a continuous rig...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses