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Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...slab was designed to also serve as the formwork. The outside of the concrete walls has 12’’ of type II EPS. The inside face of the foundation has an exposed plastered finish for additional thermal mass. FPSF Frost Protected Shallow Foundation Perimeter skirt insulation detail Above grade Passi...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...insulated slab forming , both inside and out. EPS is unharmed by moisture, and allows a certain amount of moisture to pass through it. Even Treehugger recently admitted that in certain applications, such as remedial wall insulation, EPS foam insulation needs to "come out of the shadows" of being lumped in with Styrofoa...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the most of thermal mass acting like a heat battery . Heat pumps powered by photovoltaics: A heat pump is about 2/3rds more efficient than other sources o...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...slab-on-grade where everything is on one floor including beds, baths, mechanical room and storage. Before anyone goes away with hurt feelings, remember that we think building small is a great idea, and innovative buildings always inspire greatness in others, so a tip of the hat to tiny-house builders and dwellers. Th...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...slab and foundation walls, at 2,314 kWh and 1,435 kWh respectively, are probably the only places that I wish I would have added insulation. It would not have been that difficult or expensive to add thicker layers of rigid foam insulation or use a solar heated super insulated passive house floor slab form kit , and I'm ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...insulated envelope, it points to problems in high humidity levels in the home – possibly coming from hidden problems in basements, crawlspaces, walls or ventilation systems – and some things are certain when a home has condensation running down the windows: Condensation won't disappear on its own Condensation is ...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...floor made of solid wood only. Worthy of note: Engineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood flooring usually requires as much work in finishing as it did to install and that’s certainly true if ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

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

...insulated walls , window placement to make good (but not excessive) use of the sun’s energy, and tightly sealing all cracks. Less obvious, perhaps, is the minimization of “thermal bridges” such as concrete balconies – like those jutting out of most condos that siphon heat out of the floors all winter long. A super-du...