Cold climate housing / Guides

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in Alaska. REMOTE stands for 'Residential Exterior Membrane Outside-insulation TEchnique' . Edelweiss house LEED Platin...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...housing makes complete sense on the surface, but may not be the best use of materials when you look at the big picture. While it may work fine in a moderate cli...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...cold climates and small scale food production, but they are not an environment that is sensible for human habitation as they won't heat in cold climates. ...

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?

...colder rooms which will cause condensation to form if it touches a cold surface. Laundry – Never, ever, EVER dry laundry inside on a rack or line when it’s co...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...cold climate zone a basement foundation counts on being buried at depths of between four and five feet to protect the footing and basement floor from freezing t...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...cold climate home. After seeing firsthand in a hostile climate in North America with the Conservation House the kind of energy efficiency that was possible, w...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...colder climate, as the power that is necessary for the instantaneous heating of water (which is close to zero degrees Celsius during the colder months) is too g...

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 inclus...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...coldest of climates, or at least change their location within the wall assembly. Putting a plastic vapour barrier on the inside of an air conditioned house ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...Cold Climate Housing Research Center Window-type air conditioners often have air leakage issues around their edges, and they are also inefficient. Ductless ...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...housing. One aspect of wall assemblies that is garnering some well deserved attention lately is how we control the migration of moisture. A polyethylene vapou...