Slab on grade / Guides

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...on (R4) Weather barrier (WRB) Strapping Exterior cladding * Both homes are built on a raft-slabslab on grade ICF Forming kit ’ with 12 inches of EP...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...on your investment if you use it primarily as a heat source. How long it takes to pay for itself depends on your consumption and where you live, estimates range...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ondensation? How do we fix and prevent condensation in our homes? Condensation in homes – the basics So what is condensation? Condensation in its purest f...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...onal items. Slab-on-grade construction is more affordable, healthier and more durable than basement construction as you have no porous concrete walls to absor...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...slab on grade foundation . Winter nights: depending on the amount of thermal mass in the room (stone, masonry, brick, etc.) to act as a thermal battery for st...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...only came about because of our relatively last-minute decision to seek LEED certification. One requirement of the LEED process is to do an evaluation of the ene...

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

...on about all stages of building, to follow one project from start to finish we think could provide some valuable insight (not to mention courage and inspiration...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...ons. Read here about how to find more environmentally-friendly spray foam with lower emissions . A tiny home built on a slab on grade that isn’t going to have...

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...onstruction here This is the first in a series of videos on passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future h...

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

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...onstructing LEED-certified homes in the Saguenay region for 7 years but was previously doing general construction in the Montreal region since 1985. Interest ...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...onditioning and count on opening windows at night to cool a house, it will take longer to release heat if it is stored in tons of dense material. During an exte...