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Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...insulated to R32, more than 3 times what is normally used in new builds. This seems extreme to some, but that is simply because floors are chronically under-insulated and any addition to that can be a foreign concept to lot of builders. Having a heated floor is not an argument against greater insulation, it is actual...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...akes an excellent base. Sand works as well; it takes a layer of about 4 to 6 inches to be safe. As mentioned above, a slab on grade is not at any greater risk of frost heave than a basement, full stop. Read more here – Choosing between a slab on grade and a basement . You can build a basement right or wrong, you can ...

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

...at down there and not the attic as you might suspect. That is a perfect example of misplaced resources and unbalanced insulation if you have a fluffy R60 blanket in the ceiling but a poorly insulated slab floor. Air leaks are responsible for a surprisingly large amount of heat loss, so plan your air barrier well in t...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...ame things that a professional auditor would look at. It would of course be a bit of a stretch to call snooping around your house an ‘energy audit’, but hey…put on some overalls and a hard hat, grab a clip board and get into character because its always wise to take a close look around your house to make sure all is ...

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?

...to factor space for that in your new plans. Radon protection as well as radiant floor heating can be done at this time also. If the floor joists are in reasonable condition and you want to keep using the crawlspace for storage and mechanical systems, see our page on how to insulate crawlspaces . Repairing foundat...

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...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...ave a dry, healthy and durable basement that won’t develop mold in walls since it is separated on all surfaces from ground moisture. ICF walls are also airtight, soundproof, earthquake resistant, and reasonably well-insulated. So what’s not to love? Well…there’s all the atmospheric carbon it leads to. Insulated Concr...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...How to finish a basement wall And probably the worst mistakes in building we ever see, and which still happens in new construction as well as renovations, is basements being built wrong. Like....REALLY wrong! Before you allow a contractor to do basement renovations in a way that only makes sense if you are starting a...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...antly a radiant transfer, it's not air-based. The ASHRAE handbooks, medical journals and the journals on indoor environmental ergonomics are very clear on that, that roughly 60% of the transfer of heat between the human body and the environment at normal activity levels is actually radiant". The average adult radiate...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...an building a double wall. If the strapping is installed vertically you have a double wall without the advantages stated below. Fourth you can build a double wall to make space for the insulation you want. Two 2x4's are very near the same price as a 2x6 and are cheaper than 2x8's. The double wall has several advantag...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...as much as 2/3rds compared to a conventional wood stove. Solar thermal panels powered by photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and ...