Efficient wall / Guides

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...efficient measures for home construction while keeping to a reasonable budget. During this time, I met Benoit Lavigueur, who founded BL Ecoconstruction in 2007. Together we worked on several projects, and eventually decided to combine Synairgis and BL Ecoconstruction to create a company that could offer architecture ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...wall assembly from moisture damage by stopping humid air from escaping and depositing moisture in the wall around your windows. Read more here about what to look for when shopping for high performance windows. Drafts around windows and doors: Drafts in homes from windows & doors are worse in winter © Ecohome ...

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...wall that has only one inch of insulation is certainly well worth the investment, in any climate. Adding one inch of insulation to a wall that has 5 inches of insulation makes sense in most climates. Adding one inch of insulation to a wall that has 30 inches of insulation makes sense nowhere. Even Yoda won’t live long ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...walls are dry. Allow 2 years for concrete to shed excess moisture. All walls need to breath in one direction and since the exterior foundation walls are buried in wet ground, they must breathe to the inside. A vapour barrier prevents that from happening and you will inevitably trap moisture inside your walls. Depen...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...wall, all the insulation on the walls and floor (or crawl-space ceiling), drainage, exterior damp-proofing membranes and weeping tile, then you need to build a floor over top of it. The comparable stages of slab-on-grade construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Wall insulation: 14" of EPS foam and 7.5" of mineral wool > R 80 Slab on grade insulation: EPS foam and polyurethane > R60 0,57 ACH @ 50 Pa ( Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals of pressure) Energy systems: 5400 w photovoltaic solar panels with battery backup Radiant floor heat powered by a high efficiency...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...efficient as standard, it also offers an extremely healthy indoor environment filled with non-toxic, sustainable and natural building materials. The wall structure is composed of FSC certified lumber and an exterior wood fiber insulation panel, and the interior of the walls contains dense-packed cellulose insulation fi...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...wall to give the required clearance underneath, or trim the carpet down around the base of the heaters. If the air can’t circulate, then they can’t heat or cool efficiently. Close proximity to something combustible like a carpet can also cause premature failure, or worst-case scenario in electric ones, a fire. Incorr...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...wall in hospital rooms) is widely practiced, with 62% of respondents using prefabricated single-trade assemblies in the last three years. 48% of those doing modular are using panelized modular components (such as wall or floor panels). Use of each of these methods is also expected to increase in the next three year...

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...efficient framing techniques: About wood frame construction Material efficient framing

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

...walls, as one small hole can be responsible for depositing countless litres of water inside walls. Houses should always be built as airtight as possible, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers: The job of a vapour barrier is to prevent vapour diffusion and the j...