How to insulation a basement / Guides

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...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...at first, heat can actually be extracted from cold air and added to warmer air. To explain this in a more practical manner, let us step back a little bit to understand the basics. First of all, for the sake of an analogy, let’s imagine heat as a big body of water. Logically, water would flow from a higher place to a ...

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...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...avigated a performance-rating system would be knowledgeable in the area of green home building , so is a good bet when searching for a contractor who knows how to correctly weather seal & air seal windows and doors , for example, which is an essential part of building a more efficient home . Choosing a contractor by ...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...A hundred years ago, houses had no insulation, but most had a basement full of coal at the ready to keep them warm. The Kenogami house was designed to sit on a fully insulated slab on grade which adds thermal mass to the equation. Insulation soon found its way into walls and ceilings, and over the ensuing decades we ...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...tood inherently that if we wanted to be able to promote carbon reduction, it has to be a technology that made financial sense, made operational sense, that didn’t affect schedules or basically the way in which concrete was made, ” Christie Gamble also said. “ We understood it needed to be as easy and simple and sensibl...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...A plate packer was used to tamp the ground in stages to ensure a solid base, as seen above. A retaining wall was built using rocks from the site to hold the compacted gravel and future slab in place. 2: Building forms A common technique for build forms is to drive stakes into the ground then attach boards to them t...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...tone will also act to prevent frost heave, it just can't have any fines in it because the water has to drain off rather than being retained. One thing to always bear in mind, especially if building a deck or landscaping a garden in cold climate zones and your home has a basement, is how to prevent spring thaw basemen...

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 ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...anguage Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are able to meet Passive House certification standards in North America and attain LEED V4 Plati...