Efficient home 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?

...home would be an energy efficient home, so be sure to have a well-insulated building envelope . Here is link to our Green Home Building Guide , the Ecohome pl...

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?

...home devices for energy efficient automated home design . Lots of wall and ceiling and foundation and attic insulation - yes, see our page here about balancin...

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

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...home. We have been exploring tiny houses, yurts and renovating an RV style trailer (if we can find one that does not off gas). The idea of a moveable home is at...

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

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

Looking to build a retirement home. 3 bed 2 bath 1500 to 2000 sq ft- one level. Hi Alyne, We have a number of prefab modular Kit houses that can meet LEED or P...

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

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...designing a wall for cold Canadian temperatures, but I'm unsure where to start. Do you have any design specs? To build a sustainable and energy efficient home i...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...home, and ERV or HRV? Zehnder is widely regarded at the top of the line home HRV / ERV, and is often a choice for high performance builds like LEED, or Passiv...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...home renovations when you first buy a home is not easy. Your question about grants and incentives is tricky to answer since they change by region. Here is what ...

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

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...home as well an increase home durability, which is what happens when you build more efficient homes. What I DON’T really like at a glance is that they are insul...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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

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

...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 unfortunately. Wh...

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

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

...home. We purchased some basic house plans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab on grade for the aesthetics, savings, as ...

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

Which house wrap is best?

...home building video series on our YouTube channel that takes you through all the steps of durable and efficient home design, here are two from that series that ...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...home design. Since you won’t be there a lot of the time, try to foresee any issues your home may face and add design features to deal with them passively. Her...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...home. I have 3200 square feet on main level and 2600 square feet on second level. I would say that the tasks you’ve listed are far beyond what you’d be able to ...

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

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

...home and make it as efficient as possible. So we'd like to hire a consultant to optimize passive solar, ventilation, and other aspects. Do you have a list of re...

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