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Canada's first Net Zero Home
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled house 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. ...

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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. Wha...

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R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...buildings. Lorne Ricketts is a Building Science Engineer [EIT] with RDH Building Engineering Ltd. and has significant experience with the thermal perfor...

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UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...buildings worldwide that will provide “net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC ’s carbon emissions, powers itself and a neighboring building w...

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Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Polyethylene vapour barriers in air conditioned homes can rot walls

...Building Science Corporation . He makes the complex seem simple, and does so with an endless stream of one-liners, some of which are just too funny not to inclu...

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Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build on problem soils

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

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Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements mouldy?

...Building Science Corporation has to say about this type of basement wall assembly - "Continued use of these approaches by the home building industry will l...

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Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

Watch more videos The wall we designed for this house is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a high performance building envelope devel...

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Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...Building Science Corporation , " The R-value of 6 inch deep steel studs installed at 16 inch centers with cavity insulation of R-21 is reduced to R-7.4, a value...

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Shipping container home
Tiny house

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...building envelope. Given that metal would pass continuously from the exterior through interior division walls, it would still be necessary to insulate all four ...

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The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Understanding air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapour barriers

...Building Advisor - Understanding Air Barriers, Vapor Barriers and Drainage planes Building Science Corporation - Air Barriers vs. Vapour Barriers ...

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