Basement / Guides

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...

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...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...basement. Like all semi-detached duplexes, a shared wall significantly reduces heat loss and on top of that this home has walls insulated to R-60 and the ceiling to R-100. Hyper-insulating a home will add cost of course, up until a certain point. With such extreme insulation , builder Forest Pearson was able to avoid...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...basement walls correctly Raise wood-framed basement walls and any wood-framed floor structure off the ground by resting them on foam blocks. Even though it still happens in almost every tract home basement, do not install interior vapour barriers on basement walls; this will trap moisture and cause rot and mold in ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...basement storage space, as heat pumps are typically smaller than an equivalent gas furnace and air conditioner combo. Other interesting advantages include increased indoor air quality, since there are no fuels being burned and exhausted and the system will always add fresh air into your home. Heat pumps are also quit...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...basement if needed, and don't hang laundry to dry indoors, unless of course your humidity is down around the 30% RH level then go for it. It will save some dryer energy and a little more humidity will make for a more comfortable living space. If you have high humidity problems in the home, here's the guides on how to f...

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

...basement concrete slab is 4" inches of EPS rigid foam giving R-16. A couple other finishing details really help to reduce the basement heating loads. First, the basement concrete slab is actually encased on 3 sides by foam, coming down from the walls, and then with the foam underneath it essentially looks like a foam '...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...basement or concrete slab with this; it must be cured in the factory, so its applications will be limited to paver stones and formed blocks. Solidia Technologies® holds the exclusive rights to license the patent, although Lafarge has signed an agreement with Solidia in 2013 to market the product in North America and ...

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.

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...basement wall And probably the worst mistakes in building we ever see, and which still happens in new construction as well as renovations, is basements being built wrong. Like....REALLY wrong! Before you allow a contractor to do basement renovations in a way that only makes sense if you are starting a mushroom farm, ...