Net zero houses / Guides

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...houses being built. Off Grid Homes can also be attractive © Bala structures Exterior wall composition - from inside to out: Gypsum board with zero VOC paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at...

ICF Block Construction - The Definitive History of ICFs from 1932 to 2022 © R j
Concrete and masonry

The definitive history of ICF blocks and ICF construction

...Net Zero standards & beyond. 2019 saw Les Industries De Moulage Polymax, Inc. and NUDURA Corporation (collectively “NUDURA”) file a lawsuit against one of the latest ICF block manufacturers to appear in North America Stronghold Insulation Systems, Inc. (“Stronghold”) for willful patent infringement of f U.S. Patent N...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...houses for urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a step further by removing as many obstacles as they can to make pursuing high performance bui...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...houses built to meet the outdated performance requirements of Building Code. In such cases, we apply large sums of money towards heating infrastructure and operation, money that would have been much better spent reducing heat loss in the first place by investing in a better building envelope. For more articles all ab...

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.

...houses down to 0.1 A/C 50. Basements: In Regina if you ask the builders what the number one problem with their houses is, they will tell you basements. The problem is Regina has been built on the bottom of the prehistoric Lake Agassiz. This lake has about 10 metres of clay that was deposited in the bottom of the la...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...houses inside the home, and more. There was a great deal of experimentation going on in building innovative and green homes for the future, with the hope of drastically reducing the amount of energy that it takes to both build and run a home. This experimentation really was necessary, because as I read further, I came ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...Houses built on land that does not have access to municipal services such as water, sewage and power, will likely require considerable investment to provide these amenities in a decentralized manner. However, that can still be a lot cheaper than the cost of bringing municipal services such as water lines and hydro pole...