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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

...built on soil that could not support other types of structures. The typical soil bearing requirements for a thickened edge footing are 150 kpa (3,000psf), whe...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...Green Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...greenhouse gases is released into the atmosphere. Once a basement foundation is completed, a subfloor must be built on top. This is another cost that will be ...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...built a at more affordable prices (faster construction, less labour required). Disadvantages: Urea-formaldehyde resin is used as a bonding agent. Emission...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...built, that large of a financial investment towards energy efficiency could offer much greater returns if put towards heat retention instead - better windows , ...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...built a network of charging stations long before there was demand, so in most areas, Tesla drivers currently enjoy quick and easy access to chargers without wai...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid heating systems

...built only to code. Heaters are generally rated as per the BTUs/hour that they produce. To get a first approximation of our heating needs, I took the heating lo...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...built-in planters, like living green walls promote well-being in addition to providing a healthy source of food and visual interest to the interior Chosen H...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. Fo...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...built on clay can be susceptible to movement depending on rainfall, if it goes from very wet to very dry, or vice versa, anytime during the summer. If you fin...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...built to code you may need a backup. So as a homeowner and builder, this is where you will need to decide between investing in insulation or an additional heati...