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Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home able to avoid the cost of installing a furnace and ductwork, instead opting for a modest amount of baseboard heaters - not our favorite as baseboard heaters can be noisy, but if fixed they can be a reasonable choice for zone heating . So the cost to build this home actually came in under market rates for a comparabl...

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? 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...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...insulation Updating eligible attic/ceiling insulation, exterior wall insulation, exposed floor, basement insulation or foundation, and crawlspace insulation. Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Air-sealing a Home Air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target - ...

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. 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...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...ask. Important to note as well, because it will likely come up if engaging contractors to help, that spray foam will also work to seal air leaks and add insulation. In the unfortunate situation of having no air barrier but a truss system that makes a poly air barrier impossible to install from above, spray foam may b...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall R value of approximately 6 (R1 per inch). On top of that, unless great care is taken while installing insulation batts, you can easily have small gaps. It takes as little as 1/8th of an inch space between batts and studs to start an air convection and increase the rate of heat loss. Wood is a renewable resource,...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...all assemblies we have little choice but to use some kind of heat conducting material as wall frames; foam studs wouldn't carry a Canadian snow load. What you can do is factor that in during the design phase so you achieve the actual wall performance you want. Installing R19 batts of insulation with R5 wood studs on ...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...aving a properly installed and effective air barrier . Air leakage can be responsible for as much as a third of energy losses from a home due to hot air escaping through the smallest of holes. Again, having a clean indoor facility can make it easier to accomplish any task effectively, including properly air sealing w...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...a poor insulator compared to the insulation it holds in place). Finally, the exterior has a house wrap weather barrier secured with 1x3 wooden strapping to allow for air circulation and water drainage, on which Hardie brand cement board is mounted. Altogether these walls are a nominal R-47. For the below grade wall...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...a newly paved jet-black driveway is a heat storage battery that will collect heat during the day, and radiate it back at you at night when you’re trying to sleep. There are water-permeable laneway alternatives to asphalt that will cool the air around your house, and also look cool next to your drought-resistant landsca...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...anium , and it is the radioactivity of it that makes it a danger to humans. Health Canada estimates that radon gas is the cause of 10% of all lung cancer deaths , for a total of 2000 Canadian fatalities annually. Some of the highest levels in Canada are found in Ontario and West Quebec. The EPA in the USA also has a ...