Building envelope / Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building envelopes for you to choose from; to learn more about Choosing the Best Insulation , Choosing Between a Slab on Grade or Foundation and 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.

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

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...building and living in an off-grid home and how it can help showcase reducing the carbon footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Off Grid and Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing cli...

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 is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials that make up its components. The ...

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 registered from the start of building process. Multi units over 6 floors. Mixed use where more than 50% of the area is commercial. * Multi-housing pro...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...building rating system and stands for; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To quote the U.S Office of Federal Environmental Executive, “green building’ is defined as the practices of one, increasing the efficiency of a building or site in their use of ener...

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 2x4 walls, the R32 building envelope eliminates thermal bridging. The simple form creates a singular interior volume. The exterior skin is draped in black corrug...

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 Green Housing Program is the Sir Sam Steele project, a group of 32 homes that have been built by Habitat for Humanity Manitoba with the assistance of local LEED...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...building as well. To keep the attention of the green building community, This Net Zero Energy home construction program focused on off-the-shelf technologies to ensure that it did not rush the home building industry into high-performance building techniques that were beyond their experience range or comfort levels. ...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...buildings, and taking advantage of its thermal mass by keeping it inside the building envelope can help regulate interior temperatures. There is also an increasing use of precast concrete in the building industry, which offers advantages in terms of environmental impact, cost and speed of construction and also low-carb...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...building envelope Buildings benefit from an airtight envelope, since it allows better control over indoor air quality . Airtightness also improves energy efficiency; indoor air leaks waste cooling power during summer and heating power during winter - which is why using HRV and ERV systems is recommended to reduce ene...

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

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...building significantly more energy efficient homes. Building science training is mandatory for participation in the Canadian Home Builders' Association Net Zero Homes Labelling Program. This training introduces the concept of treating the building as an integrated system, the basic principles of building science and ...