Efficient design / Discussions

What is the most efficient passive home design?

Are styrofoam forms a good idea? To find the most efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing mate...

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

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...design considerations that will help enormously on that front, have a look at the video on the following page- How to design a home for passive heating and co...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

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

...designed by an installer who may have an interest in selling you a pricey unit. Let the designers design and the installers install. HVAC contractors notoriousl...

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

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...design you find appealing, you could then green home building techniques to that design. We would recommend you first start with determining exactly how much sp...

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

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

...Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geothermal heating/cooling Adding thermal mass Feel free to ignore this list completely and sim...

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

Where can I find qualified green builders/modular or prefab homes in Port Townsend WA?

...efficient prefab houses to the West Coast in US and Canada in the near future. If you fill out the 'request a quote' form that can be found on each different mo...

Posted by Alyne Galm June 27, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...design options loaded in the near future, with smaller home options. For the moment the one model that I think may meet your needs is this Prefab tiny house tha...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...efficiently may be of value long term as well. New York state is where we're located

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

I am looking to install an AO smith 50 gallon voltex hybrid electric water heater to heat domestic and pex infloor heat in my home. I have 3200 square feet on ...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

Pls. Send me any info on green grants i might be eligible for ? we put on a steel roof and insolated basement but need new window and drywall unfinished baseme...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...design priorities will reduce the size of the heating system you require as well as the amount of energy it will consume during operation. The cheapest way to...

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

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

My fiance and I are building our first home. We purchased some basic house plans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab o...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...design your wall assembly in a way that it can dry to the exterior. Here is our page about how to install exterior siding so it can dry. You also mention usin...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...efficient heating and cooling. I don’t know about thermobuilt insulation, but I would say a metal roof is always a great idea as they last much longer than sh...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Has anyone used Lunos Ductless HRVs in Alberta and passed inspection?

The home inspector is looking up if anybody in Alberta has used lunos and passed inspection. We don't know of anyone that has used them in Alberta unfortunatel...

Posted by Michelle Dimaano Nov. 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...design a system and size it appropriately and regional Building Code regulations may also apply, that will determine how big septic bed you need, and whether yo...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...design a home for thermal comfort So here are some questions and we can help a bit more probably – where are you building, how much insulation are you laying ...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...efficient way to heat a home, and even healthier as you aren’t blowing dust particles around as with forced air. Here is our page on designing a home for therma...

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