Design / Guides

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...designer with a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of plant communities. While the selection of plants will vary by region, there are many common factors essential to the design, construction and maintenance of a vibrant living green roof. Green roofs are a committment to ensure success: A green roof is not so...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist of the house. “The primary heat source is the sun,” he said. “The majority of the heating requirement is met by the windows. Our primary heat source would be passive solar gain, by design .” The EcoHome Team even designed Edelweiss to make use of deciduous trees on the south facing side of the building lot to ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...designed to offer only an overview of the 19 LEED for homes prerequisites that must be met for certification. Not all categories have prerequisites, and some have more than one. Please refer to the rating system for more details. Innovation & Design Process (ID) 1.1 Preliminary rating: Conduct a preliminary meeti...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...designed and built the Kenogami House, which is a model of both sustainability and resilience. Read More... Among his many initiatives, Alex Wilson is an author and the founder of the Resilient Design Institute, Environmental Building News , Greenspec , and BuildingGreen . this is an excerpt of what he had to say abo...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design properly, and here we tell you how. What causes frost heave and where?` Ground frost heave, at its most simple, happens when ground water in cold climates changes from a liquid to a solid . Water expands by 9% when it freezes, so for any structure that is seated above the frost line – be it a deck, she...

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...Design Studio. They made their mobile design office from a standard 8’ x 20’ Shipping container as their display for a number of shows in 2009. Building with shipping pallets © b Sq. Design Studio Since then the b sq. Design Studio has extended the life of their trade show container displa...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...Design your house with reduced waste in mind by keeping the plans at sensible dimensions. If you plan lengths to be 4 and 8 foot increments instead of 5 and 9, this makes the best use of industry standard dimensions. Order pre-cut lumber (some lumber yards will use your building plans to deliver framing materials cut...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed Garth Hood of Thoughtful Dwellings in Fredericton helped to create this Passive House open-concept design. The living area is located to capture the view, with sleeping quarters and utilities located on the lower level. The design has the flexibility of accommodating large group gatherings, and with only minor...

Edible Perennials

A guide to growing edible perennials. and forest gardening, taking in the general concepts of Permaculture can help tremendously. An edible forest can feature a number of natural layers. Fruit and nut bearing trees can create a canopy, dwarf trees shrubs and vines can create a natural under layer and be followed by low growing plants and ground co...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...designed to dry predominantly to the outside. But, since soil is for all intents and purposes 'water', basement walls need to dry to the inside. Common building practice does not account for this, and a disturbingly high number of homes have moisture damage and mold, which is in part blamed for an increase in respira...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself into their products. Though they were late getting into the game, Prefabs are now credible competitors in the housing market with some really great new designs and innovations. If you are going this route look into a home that is at least Novoclimat certified (minimum 25% energy savings compared to conventio...