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Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...with vapor-permeable wood fiber panels , and dense-packed cellulose insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 500 square feet seems just a little too cozy for you, keep in mind that plans can be modified t...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...with this here . The problem is not necessarily a fault or defect during installation or manufacturing, but an issue of physics. Ignoring entirely the aesthetic appeal for a moment, the reality is that skylights will most likely be a big energy drain in any climate (due to added heating or cooling needs) and increasi...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...with new and better performing windows to save money. Usually to the surprise and relief of homeowners we most often tell them to stick with the ones they've got. Not to say that the idea of replacing windows is always 'green washing', but it's not necessarily going to save energy and money once you run all the numbers...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...with existing greenhouse plans and adapted them to meet his specific needs & the needs of a cold climate. Greenhouse Construction: The building is wood-framed, 20’ x 40’ and 16 feet high inside. The north wall is buried about 6 feet deep and made with 310 old tires that are filled with sand. The three other sides a...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...with living spaces on the upper level, and the bedrooms on the lower level Passive solar orientation with plenty of big windows As compact as possible given what we are trying to fit in, both for energy efficiency as well as to contain costs Super-insulated Timber framed, or otherwise using lots of natural wood...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...without being assaulted by wind, precipitation and UV rays. Walls in heating/cooling climates like Canada need to be designed to dry during all seasons, not just winter, which is how we most often build them now. Moisture will always flow from areas of high concentration to low, and the side of the wall those diffe...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Wood stoves: This is the simplest heat source to have in the absence of power . Assuming you are in a region that allows them (they are banned in some urban cores), firewood is fairly easy to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves:...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...Wood-frame construction with mineral wool and fibreglass insulation and metal cladding built to Passive House standard by Britco LP ; Thermoplus 4700 Series windows by Euroline Windows Inc. ; split system heat pumps and Comfoair 200 HRV units by Zehnder . Project credits: Owner Vancouver Coastal Health Authority ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...with passive solar heating in a home unless one is willing to endure unwelcome overheating on warm sunny days in the winter and spring. Even with our place, I am finding that on bright sunny days in February and March that the upstairs of the house can exceed 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) with the heating turned o...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...with no insulation at all. The one with no insulation could still be made comfortable, but at an astronomical heating cost. I personally would never consider retrofitting an old house on a poorly-insulated slab, heated or not. Without purchasing battery-powered heated socks you will have cold feet for the rest of your ...

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

...with 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 Add...