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DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...house, the LEED V4 Platinum Wakefield House with solar air heated floors. And For more DIY Green Home Building Videos suscribe to our YouTube channel to see the the Edelweiss House being built from the ground up. Cork flooring installation guide: Now that you know all about Cork Flooring Installation, check the E...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a min...

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

...house is powered by solar panels, and heated by a woodstove and radiant floors warmed by a propane boiler. A double exterior wall system reduces heat loss to a fraction of what you would expect from most other new houses being built. Off Grid Homes can also be attractive © Bala structures Ex...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : Legalett Solar Air-Heated Slab-on-Grade Form Kits Powrmatic heat pump DF-Jade House, (Pacific Energy Fireplaces & Stove), Wood Stove and (The Grill Bowl), Grill High-efficiency plumbing and wa...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...houses don't have to be energy hogs. The energy savings in the Edelweiss house are so extreme that it would be considerably cheaper to buy and live in this house rather than a house built simply to meet the base requirements of building code - just about anywhere in North America. The Edelweiss House is in Quebec, so...

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?

...house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : Legalett Solar Air-Heated Slab-on-Grade Form Kits Powrmatic heat pumps DF-Jade House, (Pacific Energy Fireplaces & Stove), Wood Stove and (The Grill Bowl), Grill High-efficiency plumbing and w...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...Wakefield Construction has achieved ACH results that are a fraction of that, as low as 0.4 ACH. There is a common misconception in the building industry that a house can in effect be too tight. That is completely false; the tighter the better. You need fresh air, but it should be supplied by properly balanced heat re...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...house single bedroom homes to full-sized but eco-friendly 3 bedroom family homes - all with one huge difference compared to "standard" prefab houses - these are designed top to bottom as green eco homes with certified sustainable credentials for materials and performance - which truly sets them apart. Prefab Canadian...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...house compared to code-built houses. Solar heated floor - an Ecohome concept house And in other news… There is one energy saving feature that has not been included in the carbon footprint and energy consumption calculations of this particular house, which is the solar air heated slab-on-grade floor. Unlike mo...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...house. Pot lights : they are not so much a problem due to the heat they generate, but they are very hard to seal. And worse than other air leaks, as it passes by the bulbs, this heated air magnifies the problem. Snow: this may be hard to wrap your head around, but snow has an R value of between 1 and 2 depending on...