LEED home / Discussions

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

...homeowner to get certified or must it be a personal with LEED AP designation? The project is in Ontario, Canada. Yes, any homeowner or builder is allowed to sub...

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

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

...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 a few pages that ...

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

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...home is located 1 KM east of the Rideau River, probably on infill over swampy land. In any case, the water table is high (12-18 inches below the slab). The caus...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...home, to the larger mortgage being carried to pay for the added insulation for the Kenogami home vs a code built home? Basically wondering if the larger mortgag...

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

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...home plans to offer sorry, but you should check out our prefab LEED and Passive House ready kit houses . Some of these manufacturers of prefab homes offer desig...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...home as well an increase home durability, which is what happens when you build more efficient homes. What I DON’T really like at a glance is that they are insul...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...LEED & Passive House related, structural questions about foundations are out of our competence range which is why on the home we're currently building on poor e...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...LEED certified home would be knowledgeable in the area of green home building . Also search ‘ green builder ’ with your local region, there are no guarantees do...

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

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

...home’s new demo 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 ...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

Building a new home (2x6); want to add 2-4" of rockwool on the outside; would like my windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are s...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...home would be an energy efficient home, so be sure to have a well-insulated building envelope . Here is link to our Green Home Building Guide , the Ecohome pl...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...home Passive House certified (PH) with a basement that has poor drainage and no sump pump and find your basement ruined by a minor flood, but if you built a sla...

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

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

...LEED or Passive House ready kit homes , etc?) Let us know and we will set you up with something better and closer. Thanks Mike! Our home is in Uxbridge, ON. ...

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

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...Homes There is a lot to it, and it is honestly best left to those who do energy modelling. An example to look at would be our LEED V4 platinum Edelweiss House...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

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

...home' in our part of the world) anyways I am hoping you guys could give some pointers on where to start. The home will have to be 100% off grid due to locatio...

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

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...LEED & Passive House How to Choose Eco-Friendly healthy, durable & Beautiful Floors Choosing non-toxic paint How to ensure clean air during ho...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...LEED for Homes Certification a Radon barrier radon evacuation stack is mandatory . To continue about radon – exposure to radon gas in homes is the second grea...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House . This page has a video about how to build passive solar homes , where you can see how we raised the level of the slab with cle...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses