How to build an affordable house / Discussions

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...anical room, storage space, a laundry room, cold storage, etc. The way I see it is to build without basement is to decide to build bigger, meaning more material...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...How much money do we need? Any ideas or brainstorms are welcome. An Earthship is not an affordable home to build, nor is it a sensible, comfortable or durable o...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...an you recommend how I can build a passive house in Boston on a tight budget? Local builders here are too expensive. Thank you We can’t help you find local buil...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Do you know of a qualified builder in the Niagara Region, Ontario?

...to know if it is realistic to build a quality affordable Passive Home in Niagara. We don’t currently have a directory of green builders to offer unfortunately, ...

Posted by David Edgar July 7, 2020, 1:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

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

...ant to build a house but I don’t really have an idea of how to price it out, is there a metric for figuring out what it will cost per square foot? I plan to hav...

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

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

...and to keep you motivated as well. So, to answer your question, save as much as you can but it is possible to do it with 100K if you don’t have to purchase land...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...to build an environmentally friendly house for me and my dog. I have researched tiny houses and such, but as a vegan working student with a dog and who like t...

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

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...anded polystyrene) panels . There are also companies that will take your building plans and create walls to match that can be delivered and assembled, that can ...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...ance prefab homes tend to be more affordable than site-built homes, and they are available in Ontario if you’re interested. you can see our Passive House and LE...

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

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...to your ventilation equipment, since any radiant heated home needs an air exchanger to remove moisture and provide fresh air for occupants. I think any financia...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the most cost effective way to build a rain screen wall assembly?

...and Traverse County, Michigan. We are recycling buildings and reconstructing them for affordable housing. I'm a real fan of the rainscreen wall as it really let...

Posted by Jess Glowacki June 22, 2021, 7:55 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...an to build in the spring of 2021 and the intention is to super insulate my solar passive house. Your video on ''build the perfect wall - top tips'' is very ins...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...andard scissor trusses). It was built in the mid 1990s to the R-2000 standard. I am looking to take it to a passive house level and have been looking at the The...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...and ecological impact. Cement manufacturing emits a significant amount of greenhouse gases, and sand that is suitable for concrete production is becoming an inc...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...ant to build a house to passive house standards and keep it to a relatively small budget. I stumbled upon ICFs and Gigacrete while researching building material...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...an architect to develop plans for a passive, off the grid home? I am interested in the style of the Edelweiss House. We could follow the plans to build as the g...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

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

...anization or company we could look into for guidance to get the ball rolling? Thank you! I think the best place to start would be to go through our Green home b...

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

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...and put in a membrane. You can see our page here on how to renovate basements so they won't develop mold, that will show you how to insulate a floor and install...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses