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

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

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

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

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

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

...and contractors. I don't think I can convince my partner to go full-on passive, but I believe I can convince them to put money into the house early if it will p...

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

How you vent a metal roof?

...Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Regards, Kim I want to make sure I understand – you plan to strip it back to the T&G and then build up, and since...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...anel to avoid freezing in the winter, and you wouldn’t want to swim in that. I would recommend you check in on the Viessmann company page (or others) to check h...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 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

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

...house, we plan to travel for about 4 to 5 months of the year (mostly winter and few months in summer) mostly in USA & Canada. As we become older, we plan to liv...

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

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