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

We are currently living within the GTA area but looking to buy a land (within the next couple of years) about 2 hours away from the central Toronto area and bu...

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

I live in Puerto Rico. Is there any prefab that will withstand hurricane??

Any that is sold here? None of our current prefab Kit houses can withstand hurricanes , but we are in discussion with additional manufacturers to increase our ...

Posted by Laura Prado Sept. 15, 2020, 5:58 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

Concrete slab floor with frost wall I will run with the assumption that your house is not yet built otherwise you would already have a heating solution, is tha...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

Earlier posts regarding the Kenogami House talked about using a phase change thermal battery, to avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too m...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

Has there been a cost analysis of the added insulation, vs insulating to code? Comparing the potential cost savings of the reduced spending on energy to heat/c...

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

What do I use in a dropped basement ceiling for soundproofing?

Sound is travelling from the kitchen floor to the basement ceiling. Who do I contract to do the work. I called several people concerning this. There are a few ...

Posted by Melissa Pickett Oct. 10, 2020, 12:19 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

We are currently looking into the passive solar design (newbies) and it appears that a concrete floor with radiant heat will help to hold heat within the house...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

Very interested in your prefabs on slab. We would prefer to be off grid as the cost of grid power on our site is expensive. We also need a water collection sys...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

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

I'm toying with the idea of building a custom home. I've done research on contracting, home building, Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expe...

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

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

My home in south-central Pennsylavnia was built in 2001. The unfinished basement (walls and floor) surfaces are formed of poured concrete. One side of the base...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses