Insulation / Guides

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Insulation levels are almost twice the standards required under Part 11 of the Quebec Building Code Wood fiber insulation boards on the exterior as a continuous insulation layer Chosen High-Performance Wall Brands : Dörken Delta membranes Climatizer Insulation, high density cellulose insulation High-efficie...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

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

...insulation imaginable . Although we planned to use blown-in cellulose insulation – basically plant fibers resembling shredded newspaper, one of the oldest and safest insulating materials around – still the fear of doing something “different” resurfaced in remembering Chantelle. So I began to empathize with builders who...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...insulation, and differ from windows on the south which have been selected for maximum heat gain. see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building ...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...insulation. It was possible for exterior envelope work and interior finishing, such as built-in cabinetry, plumbing fixtures and lighting, to proceed simultaneously, reducing overall construction time. As each module was finished, it was tested for compliance with Passive House standards. As fabrication proceeded, ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...insulation, but it's no more a 'natural phenomenon' or 'living breathing organism' than a normal basement with exterior foam insulation . Unfortunately for many Earthship owners around the world, including insulation in the design was a revelation that only occurred to Reynolds after 30 years of telling people they d...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...insulation) as well as appliances and energy systems. With this information and a blower door test to determine how airtight your building envelope is, information is fed into energy analysis software called HOT2000 which compares your home with a reference home of similar size in a similar climate. Typical Energuide...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...insulation, it can be a bit noisy when it rains. Many people quite like that feature, myself included. Lifespan and cost: A well-installed metal roof will easily 50 years and probably much longer. It is 2-3 times the cost of asphalt but will probably be the only roof covering you ever install. 3. Wooden roof (cedar...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...insulation, or even the complete absence of insulation in some spots. Some insulation materials can settle; other times builders take short cuts and future homeowners pay the price. Depending on the severity of the problem you may want to re-insulate one way or another. It’s best to speak to a professional about this...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 750 square feet seems just a little too cozy for you, keep in mind that plans can be modified too. You can work with the manufacturers to customize the design and ...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it makes sense. Use old boards as strapping as long as there are enough, that they are of good quality, and they are cons...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...insulation, airtight construction techniques , highly efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. Strategic decisions: ...