How to find builders / Discussions

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...to find out how much to build a small zero net home on land outside of Vancouver, sea to sky, who do I talk to? Is there a cost calculator or builders you can s...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...to the new house as possible. I don't know how to go about locating a competent builder, any ideas? Thanks! We don’t have a listing of builders to offer unfortu...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

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

...to install the double pipe grey water recycling system that you referred to in your article on grey water recycling. Also, we are installing an incinerating toi...

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

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...too distressed. So, starting with the micro-climate - The north side would not be exposed to the sun, so it would limit the ability of a wall to dry, and if y...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...to feed pre-heated or pre-cooled air into an HRV. They work well to help reduce heating and cooling costs, however, there are air quality concerns if they are n...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...to the added up front building cost. I'd like to aim for the better built house with instant payback but how do I determine how much insualtion to use? EPS unde...

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

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...to avoid sump pump and optimze accessibility. However -- we can't seem to find evidence that this concept has gotten traction over the years in Ontario, specifi...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...to see if how your design would score. This step allows you to see where your design falls on the point scale, and to see if changes are necessary to help you m...

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...to the insulation. The vapor barrier is dry to the touch from inside the basement. The answer is actually pretty easy but not one you probably want to hear, and...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...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 materials, b...

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?

...to look for in a 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 ...

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