House / Discussions

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...house insulation that will explain, including how Larsen trusses and cellulose were used on a Passive House. How to insulate the exterior walls of old homes a...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 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

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

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

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...house, did Legalett also build the Solar Air Panels to ensure a continuation of its closed loop system? In the last article about this latest demo house, it w...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.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 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

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...house build on a slab-on-grade . What should I be looking for in terms of insulation? Thanks, Terry Where is the house, and do you know how old it is? Those two...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...house to Passive House standards, is there any way to get around building it exclusively with AC power systems? I would like to build it with at least the light...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 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 do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...house is located in SC and is built with 8" block walls. What is the best way to insulate and apply vapor barrier. I have to install studs to the interior of th...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...house builders we know and see if we can come up with some ideas for you, but in the meantime, I would check with any tiny house builders you can find one local...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...house on my own as much as possible. I'm going for a hybrid log house look. Using Insulated slab foundation by Legalett, double frame wall system, 12 inches dee...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

I saw the article on the CaGBC site regarding the Edelweiss house where it indicated "a hydronic radiant floor and an air source heat pump". Can you post more ...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

I am preparing to build a house in Grand Rapids MI and believe a slab on grade foundation is best suited. do you work here or can you supply a kit and assistan...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

Background: House attached on both sides, built in 1875, in Montreal. Two stories and a basement. Main and 2nd floor have wood floors that I don't intend to ch...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

I will be building a house in Atlin, BC (zone 3), and was hoping to have a wood stove as back up heat for my hydronic slab on grade in addition to the aethstet...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...house. I would like to expand and replace the windows on the north side of the home. Is there anything special that should be considered to expand the size of t...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses