Concept / Discussions

Can you preheat ERV inlet air?

...concept. A cheap way is to build a "puit canadien"

Posted by A O April 6, 2020, 12:16 p.m. Ground-coupled heat exchanger 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...concept? the vertical plane need another method to seal? The Aerobarrier air barrier spray you likely read about here does not stick to vertical surfaces, but i...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...Concept is not for us. In researching passive housing the concept of positioning a house to optimize the winter sun for heat just makes sense, especially, whe...

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

Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on a geodesic dome ecohome?

I am curious about the measurable advantages and disadvantages of geodesic dome construction for energy efficiency in a zone 3 climate. Would the advantages of...

Posted by Tyler Chidester Dec. 12, 2019, 4 a.m. Concept and design 0 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...concept has gotten traction over the years in Ontario, specifically in Prince Edward county. Specific questions we have include: 1) What are some potential is...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

I want to build a house but I don’t really have an idea of how to price it out, is there a metric for figuring out what it will cost per square foot? I plan to...

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

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...concept of compartmentalized? Can the space be fairly well served by a single localized mini-split? As a brief aside - you mention an ERV, which may or may not ...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

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

Legalett's air heated radiant floor system uses a sealed, closed-loop system, in part, to control moisture in the tubing and therefore mold growth. In Ecohome’...

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

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...concept of radiant heating and its limitations, I’d start with this page here about home heating and comfortable home design - Designing Homes for Human Comfo...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

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

...concept and its great for larger buildings not smaller homes. Your money would be better spent on insulation, quality windows and all the stuff mentioned above....

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

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

What would be the best house design financially, and would weather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovatio...

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

What is the best type of heating system?

...concept, I would likely knock it out of the park with insulation and airtightness so I don’t need to ad much heat, then I would take that money I saved by not i...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...concept and design. Hi, thanks for the response. I've spoken to Sun Certified Builders out of Winnipeg a little bit...contemplating spending the money for them ...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

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

Looking for plans to build an eco-friendly house in New Brunswick. We don't have green home plans to offer sorry, but you should check out our prefab LEED and ...

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

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...concept here but they still aren't on unfortunately. We hope to have that done shortly, and when they're on they will be used to preheat domestic hot water unti...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...Concept Passive Solar Home Design If it's mid-September and you are calculating this now, does that mean you are still in the design phase or have you started...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Hello I am 20 years old and live in NORTHERN British Columbia. I used to rent a small cabin a bike everywhere all year round, I now have and live in my truck b...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...concept, but you are not alone in your skepticism. Before you give it a yay or nay, here are a couple of pages that will help you understand how all these syste...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses