Home design / Discussions

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...home building industry, and a free carbon calculator has recently been released, which lets you input different materials to see the overall impact. Calculati...

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

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

I am going to be building my corewood home soon but I wood like to get the floor plan down before I start getting the materials for the house so I can gage out...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Homes on a Budget How to Stay on Budget When Building a Home And for general design ideas, I’d say you are better off starting with a slab on grade and not ...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 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

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...home' in our part of the world) anyways I am hoping you guys could give some pointers on where to start. The home will have to be 100% off grid due to locatio...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...home in the Canadian Rockies, we would like to incorporate a grid tied, ground mounted solar system into our design. Given that we are hoping to generate a port...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

Looking for trusted architect in Ottawa

...home in Osgoode outside of Ottawa and I am wondering if you can recommend someone to design a home for us? We are looking for someone who is innovative and crea...

Posted by Danna Lambert July 28, 2021, 7:39 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...home with a heating or cooling system . Homes need fresh air for durability and humans need it for health. So if you are either heating or cooling a house with ...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...design process of what will be a retirement home. The property is 43 acres near Perth, Ontario. The home will tentatively be off grid. I'm thinking a solar/ win...

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

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

...home building lot How to build a passive solar home How to build a slab on grade Choosing the best home insulation That’s a start to a few pages that ...

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

What is the best way to insulate a Metal structure from the Inside?

...design passed title 24 here in CA, and stressing I'll have a bad design that won't pass 3rd party verification. Thanks so much for any help. Switching to closed...

Posted by Jacky Surber May 2, 2021, 4:09 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...designed slabs unfortunately . It is a proprietary design that was created as a solution for Passive House slabs, and I honestly don’t know of any other commerc...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 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

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...home also had tubing installed in basement concrete floor for future infloor heating (no system on the tubes yet). Existing heat is electric baseboard and a woo...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What insulation is there for a shipping container home that isn't spray foam?


Posted by Jim bo April 1, 2021, 3:37 a.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...home plans to offer sorry, but you should check out our prefab LEED and Passive House ready kit houses . Some of these manufacturers of prefab homes offer desig...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is Canada's climate zone?

...design phase of a home. You can find your climate zone on this page – Building Climate Zones USA & Canada - Why it's Important

Posted by Nathan Chan Nov. 25, 2020, 8:45 p.m. Lifestyle, location and commuting 1 Responses

Where do I find home building resources for owner-builders?

...design and build your own home, start here – Ecohome Green Home Building Guide Our building guide is broken down into categories from Concept and design, al...

Posted by Alex Angel Sept. 30, 2021, 3:20 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses