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Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

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

...Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada (HUDAC) Mr Rob Dumont, University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Prof. George Green, University of Saskatchewa...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...housing more suited to our climate and lifestyle - and most importantly being more durable and mold resistant by design. You can also watch the How to Frame a L...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...durable 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 of t...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...durable and both are recyclable at the end of their functional life. Metal is an energy intensive material to extract, but it has a very long and durable lifesp...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Housing Corporation), you must not pour concrete into a frozen formwork. In addition, the concrete must be kept at a temperature greater than 10°C for the three...

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 s...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occ...

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

...housing has a similar history - over 40 years ago ago a team of visionaries and construction engineers designed and built a house in Saskatchewan, Canada, that ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance home, the best investment you can make is taking the time to do your r...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...housing. One aspect of wall assemblies that is garnering some well deserved attention lately is how we control the migration of moisture. A polyethylene vapou...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...Housing Research Centre in Alaska. REMOTE stands for 'Residential Exterior Membrane Outside-insulation TEchnique' . Edelweiss house LEED Platinum V4 wall as...