Energy efficient design / Discussions

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

...energy costs. There appear to be several energy modeling software programs to reference during the design stage, when planning a new build. Is there any good ...

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 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

Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on a geodesic dome ecohome?

...energy efficiency in a zone 3 climate. Would the advantages of a geodesic shape such as the fewer materials needed per square foot and even distribution of heat...

Posted by Tyler Chidester Dec. 12, 2019, 4 a.m. Concept and design 0 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?

...energy efficient home. I agree with you that a radiant heated slab floor would be much more comfortable than any other heating system. I would first point you t...

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?

...energy efficient renovations, since rarely do older homes have a proper air barrier. If those pages don’t answer all your questions please write us back, they m...

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?

...energy efficient and healthy two story house above grade than the same quality house with one level below grade. Hi Robert. We are in the same exact situatio...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 7 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing materials with low-embodied energy. Different insulatio...

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

What is the best type of heating system?

...energy-efficient . In fact, in your case it may actually be ‘less’ efficient since increasing the temperature of the concrete will increase the rate of heat los...

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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...designer who is able to do energy modelling , and finding a Passive House designer would be wise if you want to pursue that route. The only problem with that, i...

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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...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-insulated home w...

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

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...efficient home designs we had experimented with I-joists that we had insulated with Rockwool rigid insulation boards (photo below). They were surprisingly easy ...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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 2 Responses

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

...Energy-efficient design, material selection, indoor air quality etc as a start (using either the building guide menu or the search box), and let us know what ho...

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

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...energy efficient homes? Do you build airtight homes? Do you conduct blower door tests? Do you do energy modelling? Are you familiar with different types...

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

What is the best option for building our next resilient 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. Here is ...

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

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...efficient demonstration house from start to finish, here is the first video in the series that talks about the basic design and home orientation for solar heat ...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses