Building science / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...Building science basics: how to design durable walls From the EcoHome Green Building Guides - in North America's favorite Sustainable Construction website...

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...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...building science basement expert Professor John Straube of Waterloo University, who described the 11 billion dollars worth of engineering brilliance that goes i...

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...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What i...

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...

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...

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...

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...