Carbon / Discussions

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

...carbon emissions of standard homes built today. Read all about the materials used for construction here – Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is aff...

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

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...carbon monoxide poisoning or simply lack of air. will your fireplace even start? The more airtight a home is the better for performance and durability, but it c...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

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

...carbon footprint of the materials required to build houses and the energy required to operate them. The best thing you can do for yourself to ensure you get a...

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

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...carbon filter and a HEPA filter (high efficiency particulate air filter). One of the limitations of air purifiers is that they only filter suspended particles...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...carbon footprint, and it does the job very well. What is different that Legalett has done is to embed a metal rail inside the panel that is used to attach thick...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...carbon storage , it also means that when the house reaches the end of it's functional life, the wood framing members will be able to be recliamed, reused or rec...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...carbon calculator has recently been released, which lets you input different materials to see the overall impact. Calculating the carbon footprint of building...

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

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

...carbon footprint on this page here - Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close There have been Legalett air-heated floors across Can...

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

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...carbon footprint, remember that Quebec is powered by renewable energy so as long as your heating system and water heater are powered with electricity you will a...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...carbon filters, which can (I understand) trap some or a lot of radon in the water. So at least we're not drinking radon, or as much of it, if our well is the so...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. How to remedy a problem of negative pressure: As mentioned above, make sure your furnace has an outside air intake. If the stove...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...carbon footprints, high recycled content, reduced chemical content, etc. In our last couple of builds we have used mineral wool insulation (common brand associa...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...carbon footprint of the S1600 Eco-Habitat prefab kit house that the slab was made for is now finished, all except the solar panels unfortunately! We hope to hav...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

...carbon way to heat and cool a home. You can find a pretty detailed breakdown on this page – Is geothermal heating (GSHP) worth the investment for homes? And...

Posted by John Ioannou July 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

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

...Carbon Infrared heater. I agree the 6 inch bat would work and will add 1" rigid board on top of the 2x8 studs. I Just hope the 1.5 inch of space left on the 2...

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

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

...carbon footrprint being similar, however, LBC also places focus on Biophilic designs (connecting the dwellers with nature through various ways) and also in ensu...

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

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...carbon footprint per square foot of living space given the fuel costs of pulling a house around and limited room for insulation, adding unnecessary weight would...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...Carbon in terms of the climate change impact rather than being 1,430 times worse. I would also wonder about the cost, since they don’t look cheap. We know it ...

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