Durable construction / Guides

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...construction details we normally aren't interested in, and provide homeowners with valuable insight into the inner workings of their home. This helps the future homeowner understand why one house’s fan, flooring, and air filter leads to improved indoor air quality, which in turn can improve human health, or how more in...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn mo...

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 of wall construction, what we have covered here are the more common and cost effective techniques. There are a variety of natural fibres like hemp insulation tha...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...durable, longer life… see where this is going? Mass-market, that's where... Tesla has been around long enough now for a pattern of behavior to emerge, and the solar roof seems no different. To use the Tesla EVs as an example; rather than first releasing a low-priced electric commuter vehicle, Tesla released the sleek...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...durable, eco-friendly materials. Choosing greener household cleaners and personal care products that come in minimal or compostable packaging. Opting for a refillable water bottle or a reusable coffee mug and using metal or glass straws. Switching to a diet with more plant-based foods. Growing your own vegetabl...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...construction, a footing is often poured for the stove at the same time as for foundations. Fires in a masonry heater can burn hotter than in a metal stove, which translates into a more complete fuel burn. The fire box of a masonry stove can handle temperatures as high as 2000 degrees Celsius, resulting in very low em...

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

...durable basement construction and renovations in these pages: Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly Preventing mold when insulating basements Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulating Crawlspaces Properly How much insulation does a basement need? Are Better Insulated Homes Worth...

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

...construction. Increased durability and performance measures may add some upfront costs to a building project, but as they can help save on operational and maintenance costs most household's monthly outgoings are going to be similar. As Energy costs & maintenance will see dramatic increases in the future it only makes...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...construction engineers designed and built a house in Saskatchewan, Canada, that was able to operate using only a fraction of the energy other homes required. The premise was to rely as much as possible on the energy freely available from the sun. The Saskatchewan Conservation House was oriented for maximum solar heat...

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

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...durable and well-insulated walls with less wood? Given the skyrocketing cost of lumber in 2021, we think it’s the perfect time to consider more affordable ways to frame and insulate homes. Below are some alternative wall systems - most of which we think are already improvements to standard construction - it’s just ea...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...Construction (IRC) at the National Research Council (NRC) lists the five basic requirements for an effective air barrier as being: 1. Continuous: no gaps, cracks or openings. 2. Impermeable to the leakage of air. 3. Rigid: supported in both directions from wind pressure. 4. Durable: must last the life of the bu...