Building science / Guides

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...building techniques here : Compare the Carbon Footprint of Wood v Steel V Concrete Buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate...

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 ...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...building guide pages of Ecohome, North America's online source for Green building guidance. Information for this article was compiled from the following sourc...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...building science makes mundane tasks like folding laundry a joy. This particular episode was about phase change building materials (PCMs) and how they can be in...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

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

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...buildings; Any builder who has successfully navigated a performance-rating system would be knowledgeable in the area of green home building , so is a good bet...

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...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...building homes that are better than the legal minimum performance allowed - otherwise known as Building Codes - is probably a smart move. While we continue to...

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...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...building underground. This can mean that in a lot of cases, the proper building techniques are not being followed, according to the principles of building scien...

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...