Edelweiss / Discussions

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

...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 directly into ...

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

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?

I saw the article on the CaGBC site regarding the Edelweiss house where it indicated "a hydronic radiant floor and an air source heat pump". Can you post more ...

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?

We are looking to build an approximately 30x30 small 2 story single pitch home, with a budget of approx $200,000 in Edelweiss, QC - where do we start? We are...

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 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

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

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

...Edelweiss House ) are both site builds, but our more recent one (the Wakefield House) is a kit home, and we placed it on a solar air heated slab as well, so if ...

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

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...Edelweiss House, which is a seamless layer of exterior insulation with no screws that pass through the entire assembly to act as a thermal bridge. This looks li...

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

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

...Edelweiss House for inspiration. It is a 1,450 square foot LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for under $200 a square foot. We wanted an extremely high perfor...

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

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

Do you have an updated recommendation for attaching exterior mineral wool insulation?

...Edelweiss House worked well, but was pretty labour intensive. There are a few options for attaching rigid insulation to the exterior of houses, one would be usi...

Posted by Fred D Aug. 31, 2020, 1:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...Edelweiss House, I would suggest you seek out a few local architects that may have some high-end sustainable and resilient homes under their belts and use the E...

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

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

I am most curious about the effectiveness of the air tube floor heating system. The house is now standing, it is the first house built of our new prefab modula...

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

What is the best type of home heating system?

...Edelweiss house heating and electrical systems here . If it were me, I would only do radiant heating on floors I occupy as living space, and only on floors th...

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

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...Edelweiss House in terms of performance per cost? My question is based on the exterior of the traditional timber frame being insulated with strawbale.

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses