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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

LEED Platinum V4 Wall Design: Building Science The wall we designed for the Edelweiss house, Canada's first LEED Platinum V4 Home is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a high performance building envelope developed by the Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in Alaska. REMOTE stands for 'Residential Exterior M...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...Green homes see here , or specifically everything about HRV & ERV systems see here , and to learn why it's a bad idea to put central air conditioning in modern homes with a vapor barrier, see here - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides Whatever you do, stay safe in wildfires & try not to breath smoky air folks! ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Green Building Guides A green building video series on our website And the EcoHome Green Building YouTube channel . More about LEED V4 certification More about Passive House design More about Passive Solar Design If you would like to try a LEED Platinum V4 home before deciding to build one, and you'd like...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...green building at Ecohome, North America's green building website .

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...greener than a lot of the 'green' homes that lie outside of urban centers. Downtown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. But there is no denying the fact that the housing density and shared resources of urban centers will be the best way to reduce your personal carbon footprint if t...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...housing has a similar history - over 40 years ago ago a team of visionaries and construction engineers designed and built a house in Saskatchewan, Canada, that was able to operate using only a fraction of the energy other homes required. The premise was to rely as much as possible on the energy freely available from th...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada (HUDAC) Mr Rob Dumont, University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Prof. George Green, University of Saskatchewan Prof. R.W. Besant, University of Saskatchewan Mr Garry Marvin, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Mr Harold Orr, National Research Council. ...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

There has been a steady evolution in the way we build homes over the last couple of decades, and the old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, fiberglass insulation and polyethylene doesn't measure up anymore with building codes, nor the trend towards high performance housing. One aspect of wall assemblies that is garnering ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. For help choosing the most Eco-friendly rigid foam insulation panels, see here . 'We have been doing it now for so long that we really can't find better materia...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...Housing Corporation (CMHC) estimated at around 230 m3 the annual water heating savings achieved with a gas-fired instantaneous water heater; at a cost per cubic metre of natural gas at $0.30, this represented annual savings of $69. If the average additional expenditure of a gas-fired instantaneous water heater were $...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...housing market. image via Insuladd Suppliers will also drop a bunch of figures about how it doesn't directly add R value but, by reflecting heat, the paint offers an effective 'boost' to the R value. And they include some very convincing sounding stuff about heat transfer and thermal resistance for good measu...