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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 increas...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...building a home. It's also important to understand how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation . WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Buildin...

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...

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 effi...

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...