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Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...they fulfill the design brief perfectly. The entrance faces the driveway, giving an attractive appearance but modestly hiding the contemporary interior. In the ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...the dirtiest stages, it can prevent dust from spreading through your house. Air will be drawn from the rest of your house into the work area rather than the oth...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...the potential heat output. Read a guide here on choosing the best firewood for the highest heat output , or see our guide on choosing the best wood-buring sto...

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 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 ...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...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 su...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...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 Passive Hous...

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...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...ther the carbon in the plant fibers would be returned to the atmosphere. But instead, with Gramitherm insulation batts for example, the carbon absorbed by the p...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...the type and number of rooms to take into account the activity of the occupants rather than the dimension of the living space. The National Building Code refe...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...the first to throw the other under the bus. The builder would say the plans from the architects weren’t detailed enough. The architects would say the detail was...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...the increase For a lot of people though there's a nagging question in the back of everyone’s mind - When is the right time to make the switch to an Electric...