High performance building design / Discussions

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...design and extreme passive heating . The house is certified LEED Platinum but also meets Passive House l evels of performance (and then some), but it does go ...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...performance of a 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 th...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...BuildingFAQs If you find a potential candidate and they can’t take on your project themselves, ask them for recommendations, local performance builders have o...

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

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

...High Performance Building Supply , they are the distributor and can offer you technical advice as well, if anyone can help you get it passed by inspectors it's ...

Posted by Michelle Dimaano Nov. 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

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

...design might compare with a traditionally timber-framed (mortise and tenon) design in terms of performance per cost? And how might these construction types comp...

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

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...design and manufacturing of Warmboard has been implemented to maximize performance.'' I don’t see any leap at all here, I just see another fish in the pond. W...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do you do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?

...high humidity in summer. Lots of heat, lots of air conditioning. Are you absolutely sure that no vapour barrier is okay? How do I convince the building inspecto...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...building guide pages to learn high performance building techniques. An ‘Eco Home’ could take many different forms, but they would share a few common threads. ...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

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

...building guide for high performance construction techniques , and on top of that, we would suggest you take extra time on resilient home design. Since you won’t...

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

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...design, performance and material selection, but more than anything it will vary by region. Without knowing where you are it's hard to say. For the quickest answ...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...building new homes with high performance insulation systems such as Passive House or LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with dense packed cellulose i...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...building our own simple design but know we'd need help, advice, resources, etc to make it happen - we're coming in from Montreal, so we're not very familiar wit...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...Designing Homes for Human Comfort Passive solar Kenogami house - the most resilient house in North America How to choose the best windows for High Performan...

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

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

...building a custom home. I've done research on contracting, home building, Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expert but I have some knowledge ...

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