High performance building envelopes / Guides

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...high performance building certifications easier. The process of attaining Passive House certification has been called many things, but 'easy' isn't one of them....

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building, and the one that people in North America & Canada are most used to seeing. Building codes have greater requirements for thermal performance as of 20...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...building envelopes, windows, doors and ventilation systems during winter, a simple failure to install windows or doors correctly can lead to leaks, water damage...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...building science to dramatically increase the building’s energy efficiency. PHI then put together a certification system based on those very high performance st...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...building design prioritized thermal comfort for occupants, it is likely we would see a lot more radiant heating, and certainly better building envelopes. If y...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...high-performance housing improvements, such as: low-flow faucets, highly-insulated and airtight building envelopes, passive heating design and the use of therma...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...Building Codes, changes were made to the Canadian National Building Code in the last few years to add the requirement of a seamless thermal break to building en...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...building codes might save you money not only in the future, but immediately . The purchase and installation of greater levels of insulation will increase buildi...

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

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

...performance requirements for new facilities from LEED to Passive House. Buildings certified to Passive House require up to 90% less heating and cooling energy t...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...building envelope) to do their jobs without being assaulted by wind, precipitation and UV rays. Walls in heating/cooling climates like Canada need to be desig...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...higher. The cold emanating from exterior walls and windows can be so extreme at times that it causes a noticeable air convection, creating the sensation of a dr...