Architecture / Guides

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Architecture & Design, and manufactured by Batiment Prefab Inc of Quebec, these homes are exceptional value for money being priced in $CAD, especially at this level of specification, sustainability and internal air quality. To confirm pricing for the size and type of prefab home most suitable, including delivery to sit...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...Architecture had been involved in the assessment of the fire damaged structure, and saw the opportunity for an innovative solution to this challenging project. It sought out Spani Developments, a local company that had worked previously for VCH, but also had experience building homes in remote locations. It quickly b...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...Architecture of Green Homes see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Architecture designed S1600 LEED ready modern prefab home , which offers a well-executed 1,600 square feet of living space in a single family home with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. This was the model Ecohome co-founder Emmanuel Cosgrove and the Team chose to build TWICE - Firstly at the Olympic Stadium Montreal for th...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...Architecture Pros of metal siding: Highly resistant to weathering, excellent performance against mold and parasites, easy to install and maintain. It's durable and fairly versatile, and when the day comes that someone is taking down your home, it will unquestionably be recycled. Cons of metal siding: Pr...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...architecture and construction services, all from under one roof. This led to the birth of our current company, Belvedair. My training in administration now serves me more than ever, and one of our greatest strengths as a company is our ability to accurately estimate construction costs based solely on the needs of our...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Architecture 2030 standard that was adopted in 2007, which targets a 50% reduction in energy consumption from 2005 levels, with the end goal being that all new buildings be Net Zero Carbon (ZNC) by 2030, which is defined as an energy-efficient building that produces or procures enough carbon-free energy to offset its c...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...architecture or building science, but I dabbled in researching the topic for a decade. I remember that I was absolutely inspired when I first came across some of the designs for highly-efficient homes from the 70's, especially some of the passive solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...Architecture & Development and built by Batiment Pre-Fab Inc. The experts of Ecohabitation recently calculated the total carbon footprint of this surprisingly affordable prefab eco home, which takes a significant step in the right direction towards true Zero-Carbon housing including both embodied carbon for building ma...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...architecture "The failure to insulate under the floor (on Reynolds insistence that is was unnecessary) was the result of the success of this strategy in New Mexico. Unfortunately temperature analysis of the Brighton Earthship has demonstrated that the lower ground temperatures in England cause an un-insulated floor t...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...architecture and ecology. A successful green roof also thrives with life - plants bloom, insects buzz, birds chirp, and visitors are astounded to find a living oasis on a roof. Success requires technical excellence across disciplines, but most importantly, it requires a designer with a comprehensive and nuanced under...