Flexible design / Guides

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...Design basics for flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, they might be gone or you might want to have some in the future. Design floor plans that work for you right now but can be easily adapted to accommodate different family dynamics in the future. Flexible housing ...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...design means a longer life and that makes them cheaper in the long run. The cost of solar technologies has dropped by 70% over the last seven years, and the introduction of solar glitter may help that trend continue. Such a product will be easier and quicker to install on rooftops than a typical bulky solar panel. Bu...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Flexible Design Avoiding long term financial and environmental costs are the essence of flexible design . The more we foresee the inevitable changing needs of families, the more we can integrate design features that allow for changes in layout with minimal cost and disruption. A bungalow on a slab-on-grade offers...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...design © bioi Zero Energy Home Kitchen design © bioi About bioi Bioi is a small design studio based in Alberta, Canada. With a focus on innovation in architecture as well as construction, bioi seeks to further what we currently accept as typical in standard building practice. With ov...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...designed, open and versatile space can feel bigger than it really is, and be much more affordable to build and operate. If you are afraid to limit your home size in case your living situation changes, you can simply make your home ready for change. Even in the city, you can build a "flexible" home, which has been des...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...design philosophy best described as ' flexible housing '. Over the course of its lifespan, a house will likely be altered many times, how difficult and expensive those changes will be depends largely on the initial design. In this case the teachers are looking to create a versatile house ready for easy transformation...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...designing highly flexible dwellings . From their website: "FabCab typically designs flexibility into a home so that its layout can be easily modified when the need arises, which reduces the need for expensive and wasteful remodeling down the road. In this way, the home remains appropriate for multiple life ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...flexible h​ouse: Our family size will change throughout our lives, and a flexible house is one that has been designed to accomodate that change with as little cost and disruption as possible.You can reduce both the financial and environmental costs of a big renovation by anticipating and designing for that moment rig...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...designing homes, let’s make the most of our smaller spaces and design for livability. We are at the beginning of a new era of urban living, and livability will become increasingly important as our cities change. As designers, let’s continue to innovate, think outside the box, and build smaller, smarter, more flexible, ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...flexible', so they are rarely subject to cracking due to the freeze/thaw cycle of the seasons. They are great for maintenance as well; if a stone is damaged or stained you can pull it out and replace it. So it's not a bad idea to keep a few around at the end of a project in case the particular design you chose was disc...

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

...design; the basics There are many different soil conditions and corresponding slab designs. This page is about how to build a thickened edge concrete slab on grade FPSF footing on soil with a high water table to prevent frost heave, by first installing drainage below the slab. Related slab on grade foundation pages...