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Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...walls where it won't need to be punctured for electrical work, as all wiring is done on the interior 2x4 wall. Double ...

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Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope

...wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most affordable wall? That is just a short list ...

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Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...wall you will be looking at a minimum of an R25 exterior wall. A typical wall would be built with the following layers from inside to outside: 1) Drywall, ...

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Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

...wall we designed for this house is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a high performance building envelope developed by the Cold Climate Housing Research Cent...

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Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...wall assembly matches it uniformly. But when you factor in the thermal bridges caused by framing materials and any discontinuities in the wall structure, you ca...

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North Park Passive House Vancouver Island
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island

...double drywall on the ceilings. Cast iron drain pipes were used to minimize the sound of drain water. Double-stud party walls acoustically separate the suites, ...

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Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance home desig
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...double wall. If the strapping is installed vertically you have a double wall without the advantages stated below. Fourth you can build a double wall to mak...

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Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...Double wall construction © Bala Structures On the inside of this 2x8 wall is the polyethylene air/vapour barrier. Inside of that is a 2x4 utility wall, ...

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Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

...wall thickness and level of insulation varies slightly, with the weakest point being R48, which is about double that of your typical new home under construction...

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Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - Material options and function

...double hung windows open by sliding vertically. Single hung windows only slide up from the bottom , double hung means both sashes move, allowing you to sli...

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Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation does a basement need?

...double that in order to maintain the same level of energy efficiency. The rate of heat loss through foundation walls also varies between below-grade and th...

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