Building envelope / Guides

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...building enclosure. 2.2 Durability managemen t: The builder must have a quality management process in place to ensure all durability measures have been successfully met. Sustainable Sites (SS) 1.1 Erosion controls during construction: Prior to construction, design and plan appropriate erosion control measures...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...Building Code. In such cases, we apply large sums of money towards heating infrastructure and operation, money that would have been much better spent reducing heat loss in the first place by investing in a better building envelope. For more articles all about living off-grid see here , from the EcoHome Green Building...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...buildings like LEED certified, Passive House, ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, preferably via an HRV or ERV unit to control the energy losses from essential ventilation . Yo...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...building, it would need to include a significant amount of insulation, an airtight building envelope, triple-pane windows and a heat recovery ventilation system to name but a few features. If you've r ead this far and are still hell-bent on building an Earthship, we would recommend installing at least twice as much i...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...building standard that originated in Norway, one that certifies buildings that produce more energy over their lifetime than they will use. There are already many positive-production buildings with corresponding standards, but a Powerhouse certified building goes beyond energy performance and generation to include the f...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...building materials : Fibreglass-framed windows All MDF (medium density fiberboard) materials in the home are formaldehyde-free Low-VOC paints FSC Certified engineered hardwood floors Building life cycle considerations: The home features a secondary suite that is currently used for student housing but in t...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Building's Thermal Envelope with Dense-Pack Cellulose 2. Jennifer Atlee, March 28, 2012 3. Technical Series 96212. Results of Fire Resistance ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...building materials like high performance insulation, you can eliminate many tons of greenhouse gas emissions from your building materials as well as during the future operation of the home. Slab-on-grade construction is a somewhat uncommon method of home building that replaces the conventional foundation wall and bas...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...building techniques here : Prefab homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green h...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...building envelope just like Passive House design. Legalett's existing radiant floor heating process consists of a closed-loop network of 4-inch tubes running through the concrete with a heater box embedded directly in the floor. In this case, added to that system are 6-inch tubes (seen in video) that will feed air to...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...building a house? PR – Be sure to place the greatest priority on the components that are difficult to change in the future, like the structure and building envelope. If you end up needing to make material compromises in order to stay on budget, it’s better that those be aesthetic; don’t risk affecting the performance...