Concept, design and architecture

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept, design and architecture

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.… Future-proofing homes: Our society has a collective trust in its commercial building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very min...

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Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating… 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the co...

Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.… The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair, a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and in...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept, design and architecture

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so ...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
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Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

Understanding building science basics will help you design and build durable and efficient wall systems, in this instance LEED Platinum v4.… LEED Platinum V4 Wall Design: Building Science  The wall we designed for the Edelweiss house, Canada's first LEED Platinum V4 Home is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wa...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
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Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

Professional energy raters use HOT2000, an energy modeling program designed to determine the energy consumption of buildings. Mindscape Innovations is a sustainable design firm from Kitchener, Ontario that has developed a free online version for the rest… Energy modeling is a process for determining the approximate ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies.… The  principles of green building: A high performance, energy efficient home may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of gree...

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA
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Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – Washington State Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for their construction… WA Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordable housing option as well as a trending al...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems… So what is a smart home? When paired with intelligent and connected home devices, the phones that most of us carry in our pockets can make our homes safer, more comfortable and durable, and reduce our home energy c...

Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix.… Ben Hayward is a Carleton University Architecture grad student who has broken the typical mold of tiny houses, and designed something that in our opinion takes a big step closer to achieving one...

Ottawa Coach House
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.… In the fall of 2015, the City of Ottawa conducted a public-consultation survey to gauge interest in a change of bylaws to allow secondary dwellings (Coach Houses or Tiny Houses)...

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