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BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...steps are there in the BC step code? Steps in the new BC Step Code are categorized as ‘lower’ and ‘upper’ steps depending on building type. Step one is just...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...house. You can find out more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Radiant floors , slab on grade construction step by step , Raft slabs for buil...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...House Program. At that time, council asked staff to report back after the first 100 laneway house applications had been approved, or after 3 years, whichever ...

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, where currently you can find a duplex called The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The twin house...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...House Standards here, look into the specifics of Passive House certification in North America here , read about the first Passive House in Alberta here or brows...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...houses all of the functional elements of the house including the kitchen, mechanical equipment, a full bathroom with laundry, and storage. Windows and skyligh...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...step closer to reality. Nice Architects just unveiled the first photos of their incredible egg-shaped Ecocapsule home - and the tiny solar and wind-powered dwel...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...House certified windows , then they will be optimized to gain and retain the sun's heat. In Optimized Passive Solar House Design, proper shading prevents ov...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...step by step detailed guide to building a frost protected slab on grade foundation here . Skirt insulation around slabs and foundations prevents...

Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

...houses, and designed something that in our opinion takes a big step closer to achieving one of the main goals of the tiny house movement; namely, being 'green'....

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...house wrap, even the polyethylene we normally install as a vapour barrier can act as an effective air barrier, but only if you set out with that in mind and pro...

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