Home Durability / Guides

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...home performance, ventilation, durability, etc, so you are armed with a bit of info when you make calls. When you sign a home-building contract with a contracto...

Real estate

Real estate

...home will be the biggest investment of our lives. This section is about knowing what to look for in new homes to get the best value for your dollar, or what to ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to desig...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Durability planning: Complete the Durability Risk Evaluation Form to identify all moderate and high-risk durability issues for the building enclosure. 2.2 D...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would likely take an infestation of biblical proportions to remove enough ins...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...Home We go on incessantly here about the importance of air barriers in home construction to reduce air leakage , but no matter how hard you worked to make a h...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019 as part of their as part of their Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit ...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder Media® This is a passively heated 1,950 net square feet, 3 bedroom home rated at 15 kWh per square meter per year t...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...home - but we're often told that "a Green Home costs more", and too many people then decide in the face of resistance from regular home builders that a new home...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...home? When paired with intelligent and connected home devices, the phones that most of us carry in our pockets can make our homes safer, more comfortable and ...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home . There are,...