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How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool with natural shading in the summer. See more about Solar Batteries, how to store passive solar heat , Passive House Design & Certification in Canada or America , or for specifics about Passive House Certification in the G...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...act that basements are currently dank and moldy, chronically under-insulated, and that we are simply accustomed paying the high cost of heating. Ecohome promotes as much as possible, a philosophy of heat retention rather than heat generation. Additional costs for insulation are often negated by monthly savings, and a...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...aguenay Flood of July 1996, which was Canada’s first billion-dollar natural disaster; and then the January 1998 ice storm that affected 5 million Canadians (17% of the country) and left more than a million without power for days or weeks and caused $2.5 billion in damages—breaking the natural disaster price tag record ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...at a carpenter could have more room to screw up. So get back on that horse, I said to myself, as I signed a cheque for the architects and an international certifier to chaperone the eventual build process. Life is a constant application of the creative forces of the sun against entropy on earth. That’s solar radiation ...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...ad several coats of paint (no doubt containing lead), so it was planed outdoors, and then sanded after installation and sealed with a non-toxic natural floor oil. A down side to using old flooring is that it can be harder to get the boards tight together, and spaces between boards can be a pain for cleaning as they b...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...only commercially available foam insulation panel that is at all vapour permeable, which can be an advantage in some applications, as can those that are vapour impermeable. The common blowing agent for EPS is pentane gas, which is ozone safe but has a global warming potential (GWP) 7 times greater than carbon dioxide...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...ahoney is a radon mitigation specialist in the National Capital Region and sits on many advisory boards including the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists , Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program , Canadian General Standards Board and CGA Standards (Compressed Gas Association). He worked with...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...adding insulation to the exterior automatically moves any existing vapor barrier towards the interior wall assembly where it can be safer in all seasons, particularly when homes are air-conditioned in summer. Read more here about where to place a vapor barrier in a wall assembly to avoid condensation and mold in drywal...