Basement / Guides

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...basement - which would be bad. Before starting radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement: Here's a thing, if you're about to install radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement because your radon levels are above recommended levels, then the first step to starting the work and installing a radon barrier is to v...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...basement reservoir. You will still need to factor in your heat distribution system, be that radiators or radiant floor. Estimates of lifespan vary, but most manufacturers say you can expect to get 20 to 25 years from the system. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels Without getting overly technical, Photovoltaic solar p...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...basement concrete slabs. Cellulose will be blown into the double stud wood framed walls and attics. It is densely packed in the walls to avoid settling. Cellulose is made predominantly from post-consumer recycled paper. Heating: Each Belgravia Green home will have a completely different heating system. One ...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...basement is a mix of EPS foam and Roxul batts totalling R28. The benefits of a double exterior wall are plenty. It eliminates thermal bridging through studs, provides lots of room for insulation, and the air/vapour barrier is sandwiched between walls where it won't need to be punctured for electrical work, as all wir...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...basement with a sand filter. It requires a bi-weekly cleaning of the solids trap, as well as an annual replacement of filtration materials. He’s not too put off by that, but one downside he speaks of is that the system (not the delivered water) doesn’t smell that great on occasion. But still, he doesn’t regret installi...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Basements: Trust your nose - does it seem dank and mouldy? Is there any sign of previous flooding? Is it insulated, and how well? A good thing to know is when any upgrades were done; basements are almost always built poorly and will likely have a much shorter lifespan than above-grade walls. Sometimes walls in mechanic...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...basement contains leisure and social space that leads out to a terrace. Net Zero Homes - design is optimised for energy efficiency © Falcon Ridge Contracting The main floor living space of this zero energy home is open-concept to maximize daylight and the ocean view, while patios and d...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...basement. Humid air requires a lot more energy to heat, so despite how it might appear, you really won't save energy. Water efficient fixtures: Leaky faucet By using approximately 350 litres of water per person, per day, in a world where a billion people survive on 5 litres per day, Canadians have earned th...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...basement, and polishing an existing floor is among the cheapest finished floors you can get. Cons: High GHGs during production; concrete itself it is very durable, but any glass you drop on it won't be; it can be pretty unforgiving to kids that wipe out on it; standing on concrete can be tough on your joints so it's ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Basement , or to find Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale , visit the Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome, North America’s Trusted Green Building Website.

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...basement, a crawl space with R20 in the floor system, and a very tight air / vapour barrier. How homes lose energy in cold climates In my prescription I said "No basement" and a "very tight air / vapour barrier". If we could reduce air leakage by 80% and heat loss to ground (basement) by about...