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Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...double-stud wall assembly that allows for thicker insulation, is ideal for dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems and a very high R-value building envelope without many of the problems associated with double-stud wall construction. Not only is it a great wall system for new green home building incorporating a d...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Double-Stud super insulated walls suited for dense packed cellulose insulation - by using a Larsen Truss design - see here to read more and see the video. However, with greater insulation comes greater risk of condensation because of the longer constant temperatures and the greater temperature differential between in...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

This project, affectionately referred to as Belgravia Green, is a collaboration between home owners, local experts and Effect Home Builders . Together they are pushing the envelope to design and build Net Zero Energy homes that produce as much energy throughout the year as they consume. Net Zero Energy...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

The Yukon's first LEED certified home was born of new city policies designed to develop people-friendly neighbourhoods. Unused city land between large lots was re-zoned to allow for new housing that promoted community engagement. New zoning regulations for these more modestly sized lots included maximum setbacks to ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...double-stud wood structure (an alternative to double-stud would be a Larson truss wall, see here for details) jammed with 17” of dense-pack cellulose insulation . A 1-1/2” service cavity inside is capped with drywall, while the exterior is sheathed with 1-1/2” fibreboard, double furring and vertical hemlock siding for ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Double-stud party walls acoustically separate the suites, and “Quiet Rock” drywall in stairwells reduces noise transfer in those locations. Project credits Architect HCMA Architecture + Design Construction Bernhardt Contracting Photos Ryan Hamilton Materials Wood-frame construction with ICF foundatio...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Double-Stud Wall system : The typical design involves a standard code "tried & tested" traditional stick-framed wall with 2x6s and batt insulation in the cavities, covered with sheathing, then I-joists (TGIs) attached to the exterior of the sheathing to allow for seamless insulation with no thermal bridging . The sheat...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

The cost of lumber is at an all time high, and because of that fact, other wall assemblies are showing themselves to be more affordable in comparison. So it’s a great time to highlight a few alternatives. Standard residential home construction in most colder climates now involves 2x6s and fiberglass insulation batts...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...double-stud wood framing, recycled paper (cellulose insulation), and wood fiber insulation panels . Double-framed wall construction with two offset rows of 2x4s studs injected with high-density cellulose insulation that will not settle over time The panelized prefab wall assembly was designed to dry outward, with...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

OSB v Plywood - Which is Best? Odds are, that if you pass a housing development of wood-framed houses, it will have OSB (oriented strand board) as exterior sheathing . When you count sub-floors, roofs and wall sheathing, OSB claims about 70% of the wood sheathing market in North America over plywood. Both products h...

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

The following is a firsthand account of a building project by Craig Anderson and his wife France-Pascale Ménard who bought a large piece of land in West Quebec overlooking the Gatineau River and explored the potential options for creating an off-grid passively heated home. This is the first of many posts that will fol...