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What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...Ontario and Nothern Ontario. You may have seen this, but here is a video of our passively heated Edelweiss Demonstration house that covers the basic principle...

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

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

...Ontario and had same problem in my 6 months old house basement in early summer. In my case I was seeing water behind back and left side walls near windows. My b...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 34 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...Ontario rates are among the highest, for that reason very few people are currently installing electric heat sources in Ontario, but it is the most common heat s...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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

...ontario that focus on a timber frame and sip design.

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

What are solar battery storage alternatives?

...Ontario. That sounds like the sort of application where it would work. if you don't mind, keep us in the loop it would be great to hear how it goes.

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Can I purchase a prefab Eco Home kit house for land in Ottawa or Edmonton?

Hi Im looking in buying a house or land in Ottawa or Edmonton, even a bit outside the city. I’m interested in the pre-fab LEED concept. Are there restriction...

Posted by Ismael Rumzan March 29, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

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

...Ontario home? If so, is it best to use 3 different heating and cooling units, or simply 1 unit with 3 different airway paths? I'm also curious about having a ...

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

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...Ontario. It seems normal, practical, to put the vapour barrier on the outside of the interior wall, then add on the insulation. On the other hand it seems the...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...Ontario. Hi Pete, none of the designs we currently have are for a garage with an apartment on top. Sorry about that! Where can I get more Info about prefab ho...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

Why insulate the walls rather than the floor joists in a crawlspace?

...ontario (Canada) than i am going to rent out for the winter, it was never used in the winter and we have installed a furnace in the small basement, the rest of ...

Posted by Ron Monk June 2, 2021, 9:31 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...Ontario very soon and the options I have to build small cottage roughly 2.5 hrs from Toronto. Cost is a huge factor so it'll be great if I can undersand what's ...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Ontario where we are, is that you may be at a slight disadvantage as many buyers are expecting a basement, but slab on grade fans are often quicker to buy it as...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

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

...Ontario, just north of Oshawa. The back of our two storey house faces north which is all open fields, except for a row of older spruce and spruce trees. Since w...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses