Choosing the right windows / Guides

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...the floor just as it does through the walls and roof. For that reason, it's extremely important to insulate around the perimeter of the greenhouse . You can do this by insulating around your foundation, or simply installing perimeter insulation underground. This also connects the greenhouse to the thermal mass of the s...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...the nice things about living in the city is public transportation and proximity to services, which makes it possible to live without a car. Or at the very least, it can reduce the amount of driving you have to do. When choosing a place to live, check the walking distances from buses or subway stops, and see that the ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...Windows in Vancouver are the biggest name in fiberglass thermal spacers you will find across Canada and the U.S. so the concept has in a way adopted the brand name, but there are others brands of wall insulation thermal spacers such as Armatherm Z Girt available, pictured below. Fiberglass spacers break thermal bri...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...the humidity, as they will soon match the rigidity of Wonderbread. The fibers in grass and hemp building materials are not heavily processed (like with cellulose or wood fiber), So they can safely store higher levels of moisture than many other building materials. Or crackers. They can therefore help regulate the moi...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...the problem by water droplets forming on the interior of the kitchen cupboards. The problem was that the wall in the back of the cupboards was cold due to a lack of insulation, so the humid air in the kitchen and closed cupboard doors made the perfect conditions for condensation to form. Depending on how much room th...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...the joint where the wall meets the roofline. The panel itself is airtight, if the joints are well sealed then the house can be as well. We would recommend the inclusion of a flexible membrade over the joints to avoid problems with any movement and shifting. See about getting windows and door openings cut at the fac...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...ther reminder that the industry is always evolving, as are opinions and what qualifies as the latest 'best practice'. In Canada, the ventilation capacity is prescribed according to the type and number of rooms to take into account the activity of the occupants rather than the dimension of the living space. The Nati...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...The second principle is to optimize and balance energy gains by, for example, strategically placing the windows. The goal is to optimize solar heat at key moments of the day while avoiding the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosing the right windows for a Passiv...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...the way, can start a discussion on their own. We know they get used to death, and they have somewhat lost their meaning because of it. But if someone searches ‘ what is the most eco-friendly insulation? ’ - Well, we want them to find the right information, so we have to use it. Due to the massive success that one can...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...the deck is stacked against skylights in terms of their energy performance . They will add a little bit of heat on sunny days in winter (with the right orientation and angle), but the heat they lose when the sun is down will far outweigh any heat they gain. The real heat gain unfortunately comes in summer when you do...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...the natural phenomenon of the planet, like the sun, like the rain, like the gravity, like the wind, the condensation, the convection, all of the natural phenomenon of the planet are studied and observed and built into these buildings so that they, through encounter with the natural phenomenon become a living breathing ...