Building science / Guides

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...Building Guides Further reading: Fine home building: Built Wrong From the Start Building Science Corporation: Basement Insulation Systems

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...building performance - Net Zero Energy - which refers to the ability of a building to produce as much energy as it consumes. Not satisfied with that, they set...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...buildings and building energy simulations. Jason completed his master's degree at Concordia University in building engineering, where his thesis centered around...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...building materials and can cause health problems - that's why we don't want mold in our basements! Specifically we can prevent damage to buildings and buildin...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...building materials to do for you when they are part of a wall assembly. If you have a working knowledge of building science then forge ahead, if not, check out ...

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...Science NetLinks: Earth Day Lesson Collection : A collection produced for last year’s Earth Day, but still relevant this year. Science NetLinks produced a big l...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...building process. While we offer comprehensive information about all stages of building, to follow one project from start to finish we think could provide som...

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

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...Building Science Corporation has to say about this type of basement wall assembly - "The experience by the Building Science Consortium with these two approach...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...building in winter. Nothing. Some older-school builders who aren’t up to speed on building science often think letting your walls ‘breathe’ is a good thing, w...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...buildings. Because commercial buildings generally draw more power during the day and residential use tends to increase in the evening, this results in systems t...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...building science made easy’ video below. What is the right amount of insulation for walls? Determining your climate zone will help decide on an appropriat...