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Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...wood finishes. The built-in furniture - which adds to the value of the package - is modern, simple and beautiful. Placed around the kitchen area and the high north-facing wall, these generous storage areas allow the whole families' posessions to be neatly stored away. This high performance prefab green home has a...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...wood does act as a thermal bridge, but not nearly as much as metal, and with engineered I-joists, at only 5/8ths of an inch, the conductivity of the wood isn’t a great concern and becomes even less so the deeper it is. Fiberglass thermal spacers or "Cascadia Clips" The purpose of fiberglass insulation fasteners is ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fini...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...wood burning fireplace. All recyclable materials were hand sorted and brought to a recycling depot. New high performance building materials : Fibreglass-framed windows All MDF (medium density fiberboard) materials in the home are formaldehyde-free Low-VOC paints FSC Certified engineered hardwood floors ...

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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...wood order matched the requirements of the walls. Kott also provides Chain of Custody documentation for FSC certified wood (Forest Stewardship Council). FSC wood is guaranteed to come from sustainably-managed forests and offers additional LEED points. Delta Vent SA exterior air barrier © Ecohome 2. Sheathing ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...engineered hardwood floors and the solid surface countertops made from recycled glass . A photovoltaic solar array on the roof feeds electricity to the grid via the Strata corporation’s [an ownership model in BC similar to condominium ownership] smart meter. With a net-metering program in effect and very little load ...

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

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...wood structure ICF walls are now as affordable as wood There is a lot about ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) walls we don’t love, but there is a lot of good as well. First what we do like – they just work great in certain applications. A basement built with ICF won’t go moldy like standard basements do. If you opt t...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...wood fiber insulation panel, and the interior of the walls contains dense-packed cellulose insulation finished in the model house with a beautiful VOC & Formaldehyde-free plywood instead of drywall. When affordable prefabricated eco homes are Architect-designed, the difference is easy to see Energy-efficient pe...

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

...engineered or protected from the elements. This leads to cracked foundations, shifting decks, and damage to basements and slab on grade homes. While the solutions to preventing frost heave are the same, the ‘actual’ cause of frost heave is somewhat misunderstood. It is mostly thought that the upward expansion of exis...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...wood or aluminum frames. It goes without saying that the choice of materials and the surface area greatly affect their price, but that also applies to their durability and energy performance. Solarium/Sunroom kit addition for extra space, but are they the bargain they may seem? © Lindal Addition...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...engineered We initially thought ourselves lucky to meet an engineer with impressive Passive House credentials. After months of discussions, he presented us with floor plans, which, to our eyes, looked dreamy and wonderful. Then we showed them to friends. When enough people with design backgrounds used words like “d...