Durable construction / Guides

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...durable during the construction phase than the 6 mil poly. More on radon protection : Removing radon gas from well water Removing radon gas from crawlsp...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...durable. Maybe the latest generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

Straw Bale Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home ...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a 6 inch thick concrete slab-on-grade (insulated to R60) and is as durable as...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...construction, and even before getting too far into your building plans. While we are firmly in favour of slab-on-grade construction as a concept, we recommend...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...durable building material. And if you live within 2400km of Saguenay, you can get a black, grey or charcoal counters now and still get that last crucial LEED po...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and i...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...construction. Steel stands out for its speed and efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...construction is highly praised by building scientists as being among the most durable. Alternative wall construction methods: There are many other methods o...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...construction can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars during construction and leave you with a final product that is extremely durable, energy effi...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Durable: A more sustainable and durable building will last longer, so its embodied energy is stretched over a longer period of time, e...

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