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Help building a LEED Platinum House

...LEED AP (Accredited Professional), or even having a LEED AP on your design team. You could receive a point towards certification by having an AP on your design ...

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

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside

8" semi rigid and 5 1/2" between the studs. why not use 8" semi rigid, 3 1/2" between the studs and 2 " more semi rigid on the inside beneath the gyprock? Is t...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.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

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...LEED Platinum home that was donated to Habitat for Humanity , and in the process of exploring ideas for efficient home designs we had experimented with I-joists...

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

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

...LEED Platinum house ), but it helped get our air leakage rate to about 0.6 ACH (here is our air barrier installation video ). As for ideal window placement wi...

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

When you want water to drain out of a house

...LEED rating system is more about durability measures than PH, so if you’re looking to have a house built and want a performance certification, that may be the b...

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

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...LEED’. Those are green building certification programs, so even if you don’t want to pursue one, finding a builder that has built a Passive House or a LEED cert...

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

The Kenogami house costs

...LEED Platinum but also meets Passive House levels of performance (and then some), but it does go beyond what we consider to be a resonable return on investment ...

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

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

...LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , our LEED Platinum Kenogami House , and our newest demo house in Wakefield QC has a feature that may be of interest, we instal...

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

...LEED, Passive, ZNE Heating a Swimming Pool: Top 10 cost efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat pools All about Natural Swimming Pools

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

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E (High solar gain) coatings?

...LEED V4 platinum Edelweiss House, and we had different coatings on the north windows compared to the south. The south windows were a lower R-value, so they do l...

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

Slab-on-grade instead of Pressure treated wood foundation

...LEED Platinum demonstration home (the Edelweiss House) a few years ago (on a slab) and we were careful to choose healthy building materials such as zero VOC pai...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...LEED certified prefab kit homes available that may meet your needs, other than that we would recommend you look through our building guide pages to learn high p...

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

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

...LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for under $200 a square foot. We wanted an extremely high performing house but for an average price, so we kept the design ...

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

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

...LEED homes with you guys, which is fantastic, and lets us know that the area is eco-house-friendly with its regulations, what a relief! We were thinking of bu...

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

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does the plastic vapor barrier 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 Les Poldark 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

Post-flood basement renovation: interior finishing

...LEED approved. Thanks for your time reading and any advice you can offer. Hi Wren That is a tough question, and I know what it’s like to look at a project...

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