Building science / Guides

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...

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

...building code standards for building Tiny Houses: In 2018, the International Code Council issued suggestions for Tiny house building standards in Appendix Q...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...building in the Yukon to have the same annual heating load as a building in Hawaii just wasn’t realistic. That is why, in collaboration with the Building Scienc...

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

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...building can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on a lot of factors, and there is no right answer as to whether or not it will benefit you specifically...

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 radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...building envelope, air-tightness, and then design a system to meet those needs. Radiant heating: There is seemingly endless debate in green-building circles...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...building science. Passive House open-concept design Garth Hood of Thoughtful Dwellings in Fredericton helped to create this Passive House open...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...building codes. That covers the insulation material, but there is more at play to determine the actual or 'true' R value of a complete wall system. Insulation...

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...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...building materials with thermal mass benefits is concrete. In contrast to paraffin, 1 kg of concrete (Cp = 0.88 kJ/kg·K) would need 15.8 kJ to do the same. For ...

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