High R value windows / Discussions

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...re appropriately facing south and the entire design is sound with thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon filled windows be appropria...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...rry too much about the color of your floor, or by putting a floor covering over your slab that makes you more comfortable and happy. Radiant heated floors per...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can you help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

...r barriers and air barriers are important, but in order to retain heat from the day you would need to include some sort of thermal mass . I would say your first...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

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

...re hard to find now. Large bales are cheap and more compact (need less or no precompression). And what about footings? There can be more risk of insects and rod...

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

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...rial or a different type of insulation. In the Incompatible Building Materials Research Report by the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. these materials are listed...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...rior walls from the outside we've written a guide page here. Some rigid board insulations are a vapour barrier, some are not. Some are air barriers, some are ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses