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Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...floor and installing a radon vent will eliminate the problem for very little money. It's a simple matter of a 3 or 4 inch pipe with a T at the bottom underneath your slab, that is vented to the outside. Read more on the health effects of radon gas & how to prevent it in homes & crawlspaces see here Kids and how...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...floor and a concrete floor at the same temperature would feel very different since concrete conducts heat much better, making it seem either warmer or colder than a wood floor of the same temperature. It is important to note that including in-floor heat is not a reason to insulate less - in fact, you should insulate ...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...floor space, even to include a second bedroom - or if you like the idea of affordable green prefab home kits that are a little larger and family sized, see here for the full range available. An Affordable Modern Tiny House prefab home floor plan - Le Refuge - see details here Now you know more about the...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...floors in conjunction with concrete floor topping, plus resilient strips and double drywall on the ceilings. Cast iron drain pipes were used to minimize the sound of drain water. Double-stud party walls acoustically separate the suites, and “Quiet Rock” drywall in stairwells reduces noise transfer in those locations. ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...floor above and only be able to access it on your hands and knees is a lot of effort for the value you will get from that space. If you don't want a full basement, a great alternative is to build a slab-on-grade . Important note: The following crawlspace solutions are recommendations for how to deal with moisture and...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

A resilient home for Sustainability Northern Quebec isn’t a place where one might expect to look for a model of resilience . It’s bone-chilling cold in the winter with 10,450 heating degree days per year (Fahrenheit degree-days, base 65°F); there isn’t all that much sunlight in the winter, and Quebec—let alone north...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...Floors ranging from R-42 to R-120 under the bathroom Triple-pane sliding patio door Photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and domestic hot water Walls, as well as floors, will be heated with radiant tubing Read more here about Portable Wind Generators and Mi...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...floor joists which can vary as much as ¼ inch in height. They also facilitate longer spans, allowing for more versatility in floor plan designs. Like many green building practices, the extra cost upfront for engineered joists will bring you a net savings in the end with time and labour. Engineered floor joists are li...

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

...slab is 4" inches of EPS rigid foam giving R-16. A couple other finishing details really help to reduce the basement heating loads. First, the basement concrete slab is actually encased on 3 sides by foam, coming down from the walls, and then with the foam underneath it essentially looks like a foam 'bathtub'. This sig...

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

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

...floor and brick walls where the sun hits. The more complicated aspect of his heating strategy involves an air-to-water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with provi...

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...