Wall system / Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most affordable wall? That is just a short list of things to consider, and despite many people online saying they have " The Perfect Wall " there isn't one right answer, because honestly the perfect wall system for your ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...wall ensures you have an abundance of such greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green walls for living rooms © The Bahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a ...

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

...wall assembly that allows for thicker insulation, is ideal for dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems and a very high R-value building envelope without many of the problems associated with double-stud wall construction. Not only is it a great wall system for new green home building incorporating a double-stud w...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...wall systems: Different wall systems combined with various technologies are being used to demonstrate diverse methods to achieve Net Zero energy consumption. The showhome and neighbouring home to the West will feature a 12" EnerGard Wall System made with engineered wood and expanded polystyrene which achieve an i...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...walls in a manner that preserves it's R-value or thermal insulating qualities. How to avoid thermal bridges when fixing exterior wall insulation in place For insulation to work properly on exterior walls and have a long functional lifespan, the wall system needs to have all the appropriate components , including an...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...walls are straight and true, and require only mudding as any gypsum board wall would. And now for the best part; the price. Chris Magwood was reluctant to say exactly how the price compares to conventionally built homes, but that is simply because there are too many variables in other wall systems. But he is quite co...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...system really needed to carry the load. The issue is that the system requires a constant, and quite significant, supply of electricity at the time of year when it is most difficult to generate power from the PV system. Running full power, the heating system requires approximately 400W for the boiler and circulation p...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...system. Wall sleeve for Lunos © Ecohome Wall sleeve for Lunos © Ecohome These systems are a direct interface between the inside air and the outside air, installed in a sleeve that passes through the wall. Lunos e² systems work in pairs: units are wired together to ensure the house is not pressurized or de...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...wall will be in the range of R18 to R24, depending on materials and regional building codes. That covers the insulation material, but there is more at play to determine the actual or 'true' R value of a complete wall system. Insulation materials (like batts of fiberglass or panels of foam) have their own specific R v...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...systems, all done according to the engineered building plans and directions. All slab images courtesy of Legalett . Compacting gravel for under a raft foundation Insulated slab forming systems Corner detail for insulated slab forming system Skirt detail for frost protected shallow foundation slab ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...systems and how to use them, so you aren't left scratching your head with a stack of manuals. One feature that the gadget freaks will love about the Beachaus I is the ipad mounted into the wall. This is the systems control centre and it can be operated with a smartphone. You can remotely control temperature, lighting...