Comfortable homes / Guides

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...comfortable drafts , but it also allows moisture to pass through walls and condense on cold surfaces inside the walls. Airtight homes are more thermally comfort...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy for heat...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...homes built to meet code, and ones that perform several times better, and better is often cheaper. A bit cheaper in the short term, much cheaper in the long run...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...homes can help slow or reverse that process, we can at least do our best to do better, to build better homes by knowing which options make better structures wit...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes i...

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

...comfortable but we rely on a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim ductless mini-split air source heat pump to heat the air of the house. This gives us air that is heated on aver...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...comfortable living in a small space, the Warburg house is essentially divided into two halves, a public side a private side. With a well-insulated building en...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...homes perform much better now than in the past, those savings aren't as drastic anymore. And with a house that has little heat loss to begin with and a lot of t...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...Homes here Or Take a Tour of other Green Homes here Project Credits: Architects The design is a collaboration between De Waal Developments and Designex Co...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...comfortable. Thermal mass within the conditioned living space has the ability to absorb and store heat, greatly helping to regulate interior temperatures. Homes...