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Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...systems are normally accessible from the basement or a crawl space, but not so with a slab. The nature of a slab-on-grade means plumbing systems will be permanently fixed in the concrete and not easily modified. Installing a second toilet on an existing drain pipe is virtually impossible in this situation, so plan ah...

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?

...heating systems There are three high-efficiency top-up heating systems in this LEED & Passive House rated kit house, because as much as this high performance home is designed using Passive Solar design principles there are always periods of the year in cold northern US States like New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hamp...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...heating, it does not blow dust around your home. So it offers an advantage for cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concrete floor with a non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside is that it can b...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...systems drive building codes to greater levels of performance, the rating systems themselves need a periodic upgrade to stay ahead of the curve; enter LEED version 4 (V4.) This latter version of the LEED rating system involved a comprehensive overhaul and to ensure relevancy and adoption LEED v4 was reviewed and broken...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...heating and cooling. Heat security: Having significant thermal mass in your home can be a big advantage in winter in the case of power outages, as virtually all commonly chosen heating systems rely on electricity to at least get started. If your house has heat stored in mass inside the building envelope, it will slow...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...systems and how to use them, so you aren't left scratching your head with a stack of manuals. One feature that the gadget freaks will love about the Beachaus I is the ipad mounted into the wall. This is the systems control centre and it can be operated with a smartphone. You can remotely control temperature, lighting...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...systems, such as in-floor radiant heating , high-velocity cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key sustainable strategy was the decision not to increase the footprint of the house and to maintain the existing exterior brick walls while adding high-perfor...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater from the roof. Less commuting: In many cases, ADUs are placed in neighbourhoods which are close to amenities...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...heating in winter, then you’d benefit more from an evacuated tube design as they perform better in winter than flat plate collectors. Heat transfer: Solar thermal heat exhanger diagram © Viessmann With glycol systems you need a heat exchanger to warm water for domestic use, space heating, or both. Heated flui...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...systems Once a building envelope has been designed to keep energy consumption to a minimum, the energy efficiency of mechanical systemsheating, cooling and ventilation – become the next big design component that affects the total carbon footprint. Heating systems for this house are the choice of the buyer; in th...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...systems to further enhance the performance and thermal comfort of his home. The next system to be installed will be an air-to-water heat pump which will serve as an air conditioner. In effect this will prevent the home from overheating during consecutive sunny days in winter, while producing hot water essentially for f...