Alex Wilson / Guides

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...Alex Wilson is an author and the founder of the Resilient Design Institute, Environmental Building News , Greenspec , and BuildingGreen . this is an excerpt of what he had to say about the Kenogami House, the rest can be found on the RDI website Ecohome's Kenogami House in northern Quebec was described by Alex Wilson...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News , Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acr...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...Alex Wilson is an internationally renowned authority on resilience in home design. Beyond just homes, 'resilience' can in a way describe a lifestyle, or perhaps a life philosophy. Sure, 'green' homes can help save the planet, but some of them may also save the individual. Predictions for the future vary from the igno...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...Alex Wilson "There is poetic justice to a story in which a distributor of “insulating” paint ends up shivering during the winter and sweating during the summer because of the ineffectiveness of his worthless paint." - Martin Holladay "Everything I ever learned in Architecture School and practice tells me that this ...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. The PSI program is the brainchild of our Energy Efficiency Coordinator Denis Boyer who set out to find the ultimate building envelope for one specific climate. The Northern Quebec climate that he chose (or more accurately was presented with by homeowner Alain Ha...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. Resilient home design basics: The basic definition or premise of resiliency is to be prepared , or to have the ability to bounce back from adverse situations. If the weather report says there is 70% chance of rain, a resilient-minded person would probably grab...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute on XPS foam - Blowing agents create tiny bubbles of gas that are, in effect, the insulator in foam. They used to be chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that were banned for damaging the ozone layer, and were replaced by HFCs [that] don't cause ozone damage, but are more tha...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

Along with its unprecedented achievements, the Kenogami House continues to act as a laboratory for resilient, cold climate building practices. Through software energy modeling it was determined that the Kenogami House would likely require 14.6 kWh of heat per square metre per year, but its actual performance seems to ...