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Is the Saltbox Passive House a prefab house? Can we build this in the USA?

...house a pre fab house? Can we build this in the USA? The Saltbox Passive House is not one of our kit houses, sorry! But many of our models are, see all our Pass...

Posted by jenny barrett March 19, 2021, 8:05 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...house while the super insulated house cost more per month due to the added up front building cost. I'd like to aim for the better built house with instant payba...

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

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...house that received direct sun, and collected passive solar heat, and moved the water through the tubing to the areas of the house that did not receive direct s...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Where can I buy a tiny house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community near Seattle?

...house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community in the greater Seattle area, but don't see online where to do all this or how to start. Can someone g...

Posted by Marc von Borstel May 19, 2020, 10:19 p.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

What is the best wall for a house by the sea in New Brunswick?

The house will be subject to strong winds and rain, and a high level of humidity (often 100%). We have now installed a air heating floor (Legallet), the roof i...

Posted by Nathalie Lacaille Jan. 6, 2021, 9:36 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...Houses may do fine, others may be severely damaged. You could get a home Passive House certified (PH) with a basement that has poor drainage and no sump pump an...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How would you insulate a shipping container house?

I am undertaking a project in Baja California Sur. I am attempting a building a sustainable community of houses that uses shipping containers for the structure...

Posted by Randy Moory July 20, 2021, 7:02 p.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

What is the best non toxic insulation for a house?

...household. We are building on an island in Florida and the house is 12 feet off the ground. What materials can we use to insulate the ceilings and air spaces? A...

Posted by Jude Smith Sept. 10, 2021, 10:12 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...house to be shipped in 2 sections, with a final resting place in the mountains of western BC. The site slopes along the long axis of the house approximately 3 f...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...house on Long Island and struggling to find knowledgeable professional to make airtight passive house. Luckily I was around to correct below ground insulation i...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

With a raised house how should I insulate underneath?

My house is raised off the ground about 5' and the current insulation is falling apart and was just firberglass batt insulation. I'm looking at wool batt insul...

Posted by Kevin Marmillion Feb. 1, 2021, 11:43 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...House , but for a general opinion of whether or not it was worth it, I would say no, not really. That house wasn't about finding the proper balance of insulatio...

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

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

...house but on the lower end of the cost scale, check out our Edelweiss House for inspiration. It is a 1,450 square foot LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for ...

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

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...house wrap house wrap / weather resistive barrier) as a drainage plane, then install siding with air space with vertical strapping , and finally the Hardie boar...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you deal with a house under negative pressure?

...house is 2499 sq ft 1 story with 2 AC returns. 1 is located outside master bedroom and the other at end of hall on other side of house. Do you have any advice...

Posted by Connie Taylor April 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...House ready prefab kit house s, these are available in your area. The LEED Platinum Kenogami house is an exceptional build and was our first demo house, but t...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you add an Air Exchanger to a house with Hot Water Heat?

How could I add an exchanger to a house without existing duct work? Do you mean you have hot water radiant heating in your floor and you are asking if you shou...

Posted by Bob Engelhart June 17, 2020, 10:08 a.m. Ventilation 3 Responses

What is the cost of a prefab house kit?

...houses? Our LEED and Passive House ready prefab kit houses are available across the US and Canada (see models here) . You can request a quote for each individua...

Posted by Makiko Goto-Widerman Jan. 15, 2021, 10:50 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses