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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 materials carefully to provide a continuous layer of insulation and airtightness around the whole home. We ensured our construction methods were based upon sound building science. Passive House open-concept design Garth Hood of Thoughtful Dwellings in Fredericton helped to create this Passive...

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

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...buildings and homes in the development that have mechanical rooms located in underground parking garages will have them well-protected in watertight rooms with watertight doors. During Super Storm Sandy in New York, many buildings were not greatly damaged but were still rendered uninhabitable because of flooded basem...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...Building Science Corporation: Drainage Planes and Air Spaces

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...building guides on the EcoHome YouTube channel Jason Ng Cheng Hin , Jr. Eng, M.A.Sc. Jason is a junior consulting engineer who specializes in energy efficiency in buildings and building energy simulations. Jason completed his master's degree at Concordia University in building engineering, where his thesis cent...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...buildings. Powdered ceramic chips that can be added to any paint are said to reflect heat in or out of a building and reduce heat loss by staggering amounts. I was under the impression that this had been successfully exposed as a fraud, until a mention of it recently came up. All it took was a quick Google search to ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...buildings more energy efficient, the government also announced a competition to create four $100-million long-term funds to help attract private capital that can be used for deep retrofits of large buildings such as office towers. Net Zero Home builder training programs The Liberals also promise to invest $100 ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...building waste, such as masonry, lumber, metalwork, and gypsum plaster, was recycled. The site also needed careful attention to prevent erosion during construction, and plans were made early on the finished site for permeable parking pads to control run-off, use of high reflecting landscaping materials, and placing o...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...Building Envelope RDH Building Science Inc. General Contractor Spani Developments Ltd. Module Fabricator Britco LP Photos Britco LP

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 - Polyisocyanurate known as Polyiso (PIR), Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) - often called Styrofoam - and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). Before choosing, you should know exac...

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 arguably better suited to modern building science. I’m glad some carpenters stuck with it, despite being out of fashion for 200 years. And this builder wasn’t b...

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 10 KW of electricity. Once applications have been processed and accepted by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), contracts are valid and guaranteed for a fixed t...