Edelweiss House / Discussions

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...Edelweiss house are fully filled with 2x6s, and would have been much thicker if the structure were made out of 2x4s. Designs with higher levels of glazings are ...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...Edelweiss house where it indicated "a hydronic radiant floor and an air source heat pump". Can you post more details on which systems were used? For example, is...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...Edelweiss House. Here are a few pages I would recommend as a starting place. What to look for in a home building lot How to build a passive solar home H...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...Edelweiss house. Do you see any issues with using it with the electrical heating cables as compared to the method of in floor heat that you used? Now that the h...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...House ready prefab kit house s, these are available in your area. The LEED Platinum Kenogami house is an exceptional build and was our first demo house, but t...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

In the Edelweiss home, it is said that two layers of strapping prevent thermal bridging. Albeit, the screws from the second layer of strapping do not go direct...

Posted by David Pantalone Feb. 9, 2020, 4:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...house but on the lower end of the cost scale, check out our Edelweiss House for inspiration. It is a 1,450 square foot LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for ...

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?

...Edelweiss House that we built a few years ago, it is a 4 bedroom home (or three and storage room).

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

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...house, the S1600 LEED Platinum Prefab kit house . As for how to mount exterior rigid insulation, there are ways that employ more expensive materials, but save...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...Edelweiss House rather than a standard 6 mil polyethylene vapour barrier partly because we already had an Air Barrier in place as you mentioned. For the ceiling...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...Edelweiss House . This page has a video about how to build passive solar homes , where you can see how we raised the level of the slab with clean compactible fi...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...house. Can we combine our efforts? I think you may be referring to this article here perhaps about the Edelweiss House where we used an air source heat pump as ...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...Edelweiss House) a few years ago (on a slab) and we were careful to choose healthy building materials such as zero VOC paints and finishes, formaldehyde-free pl...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...Edelweiss House where we employed a very comprehensive passive heating and cooling strategy in our and we had different coatings on the north windows compared t...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...House high-efficiency zero net energy homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House ) we used the Mitsubishi Mr. Slim Mini...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...Edelweiss demonstration house .

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Edelweiss house? 50% off for sure makes it more appealing! Energy modelling showed that about half of the heat load of the Edelweiss House is met with passive s...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

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

...Edelweiss House (where we installed the mini-split heat pump for heating and cooling ) is a very well-insulated and airtight envelope, so it doesn't require a l...

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