Eco-friendly / Discussions

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

Good Day, I just bought a 2.5 acres property house in Thorne Quebec. I would like to renovate the house to its maximum potential including solar panels to be t...

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

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...eco-friendly with a tight building envelope. There's just not much info out there. Hi Sasha It seems like EPS panels that encapsulate probably double stud lig...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...eco-friendly modular kit houses in our Kit home pages are available in Quebec, Ontario and Northern States such as New York State, New Hampshire Vermont and Mai...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...eco-friendly and sustainable, and that is that they are usually on wheels. We think the best way to reduce the carbon footprint of a tiny house is to put it on ...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 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

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

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

I am preparing my property to build and I want to find building plans for Eco friendly houses. We don’t currently have plans we can offer unfortunately. There ...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

We want to build a solarium in Ontario, what do you think of heating it with a radiant floor and wood stove?

Hello, we are wanting to put a solarium in back of house to make house a little roomier for 5 people and 2 dogs. We are looking at a solarium idea with firepla...

Posted by Deanna Zavattin-Tortolo Feb. 18, 2020, 10:51 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

At the moment I'm designing a small house that I hope to be able to be able to live in all year round, with zero bills so I'm using wind, hydro and solar for e...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...eco-friendly, are either of these a good option? How will it affect existing insulation in the walls? What are the risks for vapour build up if we have a mi...

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

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...eco-friendly and cost saving options to build our new home. We have chosen to build the house on a slab on grade foundation. My builder was suggesting that we...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...eco-friendly what with the amount of waste that would produce, but very much want a more sustainable home. If someone could get back to me with more informati...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

...Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards? That pages should give you some alternatives to consider, but we wouldn’t be able to help you much in f...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...Eco-Friendly healthy, durable & Beautiful Floors Choosing non-toxic paint How to ensure clean air during home renovations

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...eco-friendly insulation? Regardless of it’s raw materials, EPS is an affordable insulation material with a reasonable carbon footprint, and it does the job ve...

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

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

...eco-friendly, healthier and more durable. You can buy a prefab slab kit, or you can have one designed by an engineer and build it yourself (with your army of he...

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

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

We live in an old 2x4 wall home that I’m told by the previous owners originally had no insulation, then it had loose fill cellulose insulation added decades ag...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...eco-friendly blowing agents ) as that will insulate it, act a a vapour barrier and prevent air leaks. You could then cover the spray foam with your existing ply...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses