Building envelope / Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building codes, building materials, and how we condition our homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with bet...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...building's size, orientation, insulation, electrical appliances, etc. Using all of this disparate information and applying some standard assumptions about how...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...building’ is defined as the practices of one, increasing the efficiency of a building or site in their use of energy, water, and materials and two, reducing bui...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...building envelope. Zero Net Energy Home Design © bioi Two steel frames make up the main structure of the home and with double offset 2...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What i...

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

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...building as an integrated system, the basic principles of building science and how they can be used to design reliable, high performance building assemblies. ...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...buildings that are not eligible: Renovations that do not include completely insulating and sealing the entire building envelope. Additions that are not register...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...building surface. Building sites with poor soil conditions (disturbed soil, expansive soils, low-bearing capacity, high water tables, etc.) may require signif...

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

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

...Building Envelope RDH Building Science Inc. General Contractor Spani Developments Ltd. Module Fabricator Britco LP Photos Britco LP ...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...building certification program, which addresses homes as well as a broad range of other building types. The first project to take advantage of the Affordable ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...building industry into high-performance building techniques that were beyond their experience range or comfort levels. A little push of the envelope is a grea...