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Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healt...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...framing materials factored in, energy modeling shows the effective or 'true' R value of the wall is 36.3. With heat gain from the sun and an airtight building envelope, the energy required to keep this house warm will be a fraction of what most houses use. Within the circle of high performance home construction, an e...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...framing, and surface area of the wall as well as other site or custom project specific details. *** Ecohome's take on the topic of air purification - there is no question that plants absorb airborne contaminants, we are just unconvinced that a plant wall can have a noticeable impact on air quality in the context of...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

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

...framing” means , I called the person with whom we eventually built. Timber framing is how most Europeans built houses until the 1800s. Four or more heavy logs provided structural support at each corner of the house, and light walls were built between them. It fell out of fashion mostly because a new stud frame method...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...framing, has low air-infiltration, is resistant to insects and rodents, can be very well-insulated (12 inches or more) with no thermal bridging. To see the choices in lumber for a timber frame building or home, see here . Keep in mind how important it is that the cellulose be well-packed to avoid settling and leaving...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...framing details © Construction Rocket Inc. PHI vs. PHIUS Passive House Certification PHI (Germany’s Passive House Institute) and PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) have the same goals at heart, namely creating buildings that achieve a certain energy performance standard. The only way they differ is in their app...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...framing via the window frame. This can be best achieved by centering windows in the wall rather than having them flush to the outside as we most commonly see. Eliminating thermal bridges lowers the risk of condensation, which in turn ensures longer life for the product and smaller energy bills. • Consider also that i...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...framing or insulation and causing problems later. Moisture & more specifically humidity is the number one cause of degredation in North American homes , because as timber is a hygroscopic material, once the lumber in a typical house wall reaches a humidity level greater than 15% the chances of insect or mold attack i...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...framing members it warms the roof deck and melts the snow; that water then runs down under the snow to the overhang where it is no longer heated by interior factors, and it freezes again. Air leakage through walls : through ceilings is another common problem as a lot of heat is transported by air. This warms the atti...

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

...framing members. Some rigid insulation boards have integrated air barriers, some have vapor barriers, some have both and some have none. Some insulation panels (like EPS, XPS and polyiso) can act as a vapor barrier, which can be a good thing or sometimes a bad thing, so be careful! This is why insulating exterior w...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...framing”. This would be the case unless you drastically reduce the thickness of the cellulose and increase the amount of rigid insulation. So again, this is why we would either use only one type of insulation in an unvented roof, or better still just stick with vented. Is natural roof ventilation enough? Natural ...