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The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogam...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...built homes for purchase price. When it comes to operational costs though, these homes will likely leave the competition far behind. “We are aiming for at lea...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...built in 1963 with the world's largest glued laminated arches, which span 308 feet, 3 1/2 inches. The roof of the Richmond Olympic Oval, BC Canada , built for...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhous...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

...greens, salad greens, strawberries and kitchen herbs will all happily grow in nothing more than a recycled pallet on its side. Instructions for that can be foun...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...built in Canada right now that does not have it, or something equally impermeable to moisture. This doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, they...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...built on site, and likely take one to several weeks to complete. Planning for a masonry heater should be in the design phase if possible, as that weight require...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...built to resist moisture. Even minor water damage can leave severe stains and damage on drywall while other times you will need to completely remove the damaged...

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...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...built his passive solar greenhouse by himself after extensive internet research and attending workshops. He began with existing greenhouse plans and adapted the...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...green building programs, so if you’ve ever built to LEED or Passive House Standards this should be quite a bit easier. The increases in actual building costs ...