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Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...climate zone corresponds to IECC climate zone 4B (dry). Cold climate zone Defined as: any region with between 5,400 and 9,000 heating degree days (on the 65°F basis). The Building America cold climate corresponds to the IECC climate zones 5 and 6. Very-Cold climate zone Defined as: any region with between 9,0...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...climates, the REMOTE wall was developed by the CCHRC (Cold Climate Housing Research Center) In Fairbanks, Alaska. Walls are framed and sheathed, with the inclusion of a stick-and-peel exterior membrane to control air and moisture movement, and it does so exceptionally well. With the inclusion of cavity insulation, th...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...climate zone This warm climate shipping container home has a cool deck for a tiny house This Tiny House consists of a converted shipping container skillfully made into a ground level living space. It includes a lounge and fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious luxurious en...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...climate-change naysayer. Building for a changing climate is a smart idea The IECC* climate zone map of the US and Canada that was developed in the early 2000s used existing data to develop and update minimum building codes and create guidelines for more sustainable and resilient house construction. As valuable and ...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...climate geeks might ask if this warmer-than-average weather is caused by climate change. In fact, weather is not climate. Weather is what happens day-to-day, where climate trends are long-term patterns based on historical records over large regions. I would be full of hot air if I told you that one early heat wave in a...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

...climate zone where you are building and moving on to building lot particulars. Two neighbouring homes will face many similar issues, but may have greatly differing ones as well. This can be due to building design, sun exposure, soil conditions, material choices or even topography to name a few. Assessing and planni...

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...climate, etc.), they do not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides and grow easily in poor soil. They are also more resistant to diseases and pest attacks; Naturally pair with native wildlife (they provide shelter and cover for birds and insects); They create migratory corridors for urban wildlife...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...climate, or mold and rot in a temperate climate. This is a simple product of physics and the realities and limitations of construction. A heated interior space should be airtight, have a proper vapor barrier or vapor retarder in cold climates and temperate climates, and the right amount of insulation for your climate...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...climates we think of increased R-values as preventing heat loss from the warmer interior to the colder exterior, in some cases R-value can actually prevent potentially beneficial heat gain from a warm surface, such as a roof. The optimal balance of preventing heat loss and allowing heat gains will depend largely on cli...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...climate zones. But even in warm climates such as the southern US states, where homes are primarily being cooled rather than being heated, the right amount of insulation will save you money. Rule #1 for the right amount of home insulation Heat always moves from hot areas to cold areas. Heat movement can never be sto...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...climate, slugging it out through a Canadian or Northern US winter in a metal box may not be the wisest of moves, so your climate zone will considerably effect whether a shipping container home is good or bad for you... Five reasons why we aren't sold on this noble attempt at alternative tiny housing: 1. Energy ef...