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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

...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, holding all of the electrical, plumbing, and data cabling. This wall is also insulated with Roxul batts. Finally, a standard layer of sheetrock covers the interior walls. ...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...walls, making it the ideal compact HRV unit for reno's and retrofitting . Consequently, there is no need for ductwork or reserving space in your mechanical room for an air change system. Wall sleeve for Lunos © Ecohome Wall sleeve for Lunos © Ecohome These systems are a direct interface between the insi...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...efficient housing and a keen problem-solving mind. The rising bed of the Fun Box is one of the more impressive small house features we have seen in a while, and best of all it can be done in less time that it would take to make it. Every kid's dream, the bed you don't have to make. Notable features: A king size...

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?

...wall assembly, in kit form The prefab high-performance walls of this Passive House & LEED ready home kit are made almost exclusively using ecological materials from natural sources: double-stud wood framing, recycled paper (cellulose insulation), and wood fiber insulation panels . Double-framed wall construction ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...wall, and finally the slab floor. Rarely are footings insulated, and depending on how the walls are insulated, the result can be a thermal bridge between the footing and walls or floor. This brings unwanted heat loss, as well as a greater risk of condensation forming on those colder portions of concrete. Alternativel...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...walls. Stripping exterior walls to the sheathing is a great starting place for a R.E.M.O.T.E wall , a residential exterior membrane outside-insulation technique. A wall being stripped back to the original structure that will be rebuilt as a REMOTE wall © Michel Chenier Whether new or old, REMOTE walls are a gre...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...efficient home that saves you money . An energy-efficient home is a more durable home, a durable home lasts longer, requires less maintenance and has a higher resale value. What homeowner wouldn’t applaud their government for that? But wait, it gets better… By giving you back your own tax dollars to make your home mo...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...wall finished with 7/16’’ oriented strand board [OSB] taped and primed with the OSB as the air and vapour barrier . 2x4 service cavity wall insulated with blown fiberglass with a binder, then completed with 1/2’’ drywall. The roof covering is an 80%+ recycled composite polymer-based product that resembles slate t...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...efficient tap . The payback for this could be a year or two, maybe just months. Low-flow showerheads are worth the money, and you won't notice the difference except in your wallet Low-flow showerheads: Switching to a low-flow efficient showerhead can sometimes pay for itself in a matter of months , by saving ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...walls, it contracts and squeezes out the moisture, leaving you with condensation. In order to prevent condensation from forming, a vapor barrier should be placed on the warm side of your insulation to stop warm, moist air from condensing on a cold surface inside your wall. In cold climates like Canada, for most of ...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...efficient way to produce food because they eliminate the wasted space created by paths found in both traditional row gardening and raised bed gardens. They also create a healthy, rich soil that delivers maximum nutrients to your plants. The efficiency of the keyhole garden is also supported by their natural resistanc...