Efficient home design / Discussions

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

...efficient system, and home temperatures tend to vary more when wood is the primary heat source. It also requires that you be there to continually feed the fire....

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

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...efficient and durable home, we just built our recent Demo House on a Legalett slab air heated floor last year. I would first point you to this page about insula...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 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

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

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...home exteriors Choosing insulation that won’t trap moisture is important, and after than be sure that you design your wall assembly in a way that it can dry t...

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

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...homes they construct, ask them a few basic questions to weed them out – Do you build high performance / energy efficient homes? Do you build airtight home...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...design teams for Passive house projects , as well as having built several LEED Platinum demonstration homes , but we have yet to take the Living Building Challe...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

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

...home or homes, and the Hydraloop Residential Grey Water Recovery System is a brilliant product. I think your best bet at this point is to contact a septic engin...

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

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...home that will be Earth Advantage Platinum & Beyond. I'm intending on using Dense Packed Cellulose in the home and just applied it to the wall cavities in one o...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...home, so first I would look on our page about how to create a comfortable home – How to design a home for thermal comfort You will see on that page how ther...

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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house? Maybe one that needs but hasn’t had an energy retrofit? For perspective – A well...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...home heating and comfortable home design - Designing Homes for Human Comfort To be sure I understand your question, is this a new home build or a renovation...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...home design for choosing the right amount of insulation . To determine the ideal envelope to a reasonable a degree of accuracy you would need to hire a design...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses