Building science / Guides

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...building or renovating a high-performance building envelope there are really three main kinds of rigid foam panels you are going to have to choose from - Polyis...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...building one thick wall is cheaper than building two thinner ones, which offsets the cost of the timbers. So timber framing is an old-fashioned method that’s ar...

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...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...building homes far more airtight than in previous decades for reasons of durability (condensation in wall assemblies), and also for energy efficiency, as air le...

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

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...buildings. The program offers guaranteed pricing for successful applicants who build new, renewable energy projects in the province, which produce less than 1...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...