Building science / Guides

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...building surface. Building sites with poor soil conditions (disturbed soil, expansive soils, low-bearing capacity, high water tables, etc.) may require signif...

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

...building science made easy video and then grill them and see who passes your test! You will likely be surprised, and even somewhat horrified, to learn that a lo...

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 constru...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...building enclosures that are less forgiving than the air barrier. Where to install an air barrier: A building envelope should only ever have one vapour barr...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...Building practices should always be determined by the climate in which you are building. How water vapor travels: There are two main ways moisture will pass...