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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

...home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here, the overview . or post 2 in the off-grid homes blog here covering design and construction choices . or here see post 3 in the off grid homes blog about off grid power generation and here see post 4 all about off-grid heating systems and for part 5, all about off-grid ho...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...home build comes down to effective and timely project management, not just the skill of the building professionals who help to build your new dream sustainable home. The market for building high-performance sustainable homes is changing rapidly, so it is never too early to find out what is trending in green home cons...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...insulation, and differ from windows on the south which have been selected for maximum heat gain. see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...insulation batts Off-gassing of foam insulation How to prepare for home renovations: Move furniture: Take as much of your furnishings as possible out of the construction zone, certainly any fabric-covered furniture and carpets. Find alternative living arrangements: This is not always possible, but if you can ...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

Siding Installation The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding or siding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to allow interior control layers (ie. the building envelope) to do their jobs without...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...insulation in Canada & USA How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable floors See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil Rice based formaldehyde free MDF alternatives Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, ...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation combinations to minimize building energy consumption, though increased insulation will probably be the best option in most cases. The Big Picture: Energy While insulation R-values are important, what really matters is energy consumption. To assess the impact of different roof insulation types on whole bu...

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?

...home For better or worse, the market has stepped up and provided many optional solutions to meet these requirements; for example, rigid insulation with membranes attached, or sheathing with foam insulation attached, as seen in the image above of the corner of a house under construction. It doesn't appear such pro...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...Home ? Even as the homebuying habits in the US & Canada have begun to favor more efficient and sustainable homes, we still have a long way to go in terms of making quality homes easier to identify. In Europe, they have introduced mandatory home-energy labeling for new homes and resales – similar to the label you’d ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...insulation to stop warm, moist air from condensing on a cold surface inside your wall. In cold climates like Canada, for most of the year the vapor barrier should be on the inside of the insulation. In hot climates like the southern U.S. for example, vapor barrier should be installed on the outside of the insulation,...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...insulation against frost heave. 'Insulation' does this as well, so laying a rigid foam insulation board down (foam or stone wool) below and around the deck block may reduce the chances of movement from frost heave. Laying down a bed of 3/4" clean crushed stone will also act to prevent frost heave, it just can't have an...