Building science / Guides

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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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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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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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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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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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
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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Vapor retarder primer
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with paint

...building failures than building successes. It's time that the cult deprogramming started." - Joe Lstiburek, Principal of Building Science Corporation ...

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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...building science. This particular one was about phase change building materials (PCMs) and how they can be incorporated into buildings to improve energy-efficie...

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Finding the right professionsals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...buildings; however, any builder who has successfully navigated a performance-rating system would be knowledgeable in the area of green home building. Choos...

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