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Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...insulated to R-60 and the ceiling to R-100. Hyper-insulating a home will add cost of course, up until a certain point. With such extreme insulation , builder Forest Pearson was able to avoid the cost of installing a furnace and ductwork, instead opting for a modest amount of baseboard heaters - not our favorite as ba...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...insulated. Small homes are good, but mobile homes, well….not so much. See here to find where it is Legal to park and live in a Tiny House . But the most notable design limitations of tiny houses is that you have to balance interior living space with a maximum highway width of 8.5 feet. That almost always leads to poo...

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

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

...insulated and resilient house, likely in the world. According to Engineer Denis Boyer, "You could easily build a home in the average Canadian climate that was so well-insulated you would need air conditioning to keep it cool, even in January. That would be illogical of course, and a waste of money. What we set out to...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...insulated or not insulated at all, and if they are, they almost always trap moisture within wall assemblies. This leads to preventable mold growth and rotting in basement walls - often caused by interstitial condensation . The following basement insulation techniques listed here are designed to offer the most sensibl...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...insulated with? L. McC : The igloo is insulated from the noise and cold by 10,000 pounds of recovered clothing loaned to us for the event. The key to its performance is the continuity of the vapor barrier (interior) and the air barrier (exterior). Us: How is the sun used to heat and power the igloo? L. McC : Rece...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation over a Basement when building a home. It's also important to understand how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation . WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost al...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...insulated suburban house with a solar water heater is less ‘green’ than living in a poorly insulated house on a good bus route. Another problem related to unrestrained urban sprawl is the disappearance of good farm land and natural habitats. Cities large and small continue to expand outward into pristine wildernesses...


Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...insulated to R60) and is as durable as it is energy efficient. The floors are polished concrete and red spruce; interior walls comprise brick placed in the path of the sun to act as thermal storage. Windows are triple pane, fibreglass framed, argon filled with an average R value of 4.5. Window glazing is 91% south fa...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...insulated? Since there is no way for a wood stove manufacturer to know how well-insulated or airtight your house is, square footage and BTU output numbers are valuable for finding out where a wood stove falls on the 'small, medium or large' scale, but that's really about it. An 1,800 sq. ft. house that is poorly-in...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Insulated and Non-Insulated Gypsum Board Protected Wall Assemblies:

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with better ventilation like HRV's or ERV's or air conditioning. There is also much more understanding of how buildings work and why walls can fail in a home with air conditioning, even when built to code . For example, if a home is built of timber and will be air condi...