LEED / Discussions

How hard is it to build 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

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

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

Legalett's air heated radiant floor system uses a sealed, closed-loop system, in part, to control moisture in the tubing and therefore mold growth. In Ecohome’...

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?

...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

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...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

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

...LEED or Passive house performance levels . As for the one that you mentioned, nothing stands out as being particularly fantastic about it, in fact the diagram...

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

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

...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

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

...LEED V4 platinum Edelweiss House where we employed a very comprehensive passive heating and cooling strategy in our and we had different coatings on the north w...

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

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

...LEED and Passive House ready kit houses . Some of these manufacturers of prefab homes offer design services for a fee, so you can make modifications to suit you...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 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

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

...LEED Certified and Passive House ‘ready’, in that they are of a quality that can meet those requirements. That’s a good thing for living off grid because it kee...

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

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...LEED Platinum Edelweiss House heating strategy Air-source and water-source heat pumps working in tandem

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with dense packed cellulose insulation , or even consider the latest kid on the block, natural based hemp insulati...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 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 Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses