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Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...what-is-passive-building/the-history-of-passive-houses http://www.phius.org/about/mission-history http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-architects-lounge/passive-house-phius-or-phi http://www.peterwarm.co.uk/the-new-residential-tfa-rules/ This article was written by Charlotte Paquin-Béchard and...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...ish that provides an alternative to drywall Tongue and Groove interior wood walls: Using T & G wood for finishing walls is a nice natural and light finish. Like barn boards, it can be oiled if you like to bring out more color. T & G finishing wood is usually pine, and will yellow as it ages, but this is gradual a...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...is is a smart system that will go into a sleep mode when there has been no activity for 72 hours, and it will automatically go back into operational mode when water use is detected. How cool is that? An annual servicing by a professional is recommended but, short of that, this is an extremely low-maintenance system. ...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...isting ones. The new step codes in BC Canada are one example of significant efficiency improvements becoming mandatory - but this is happening everywhere across North America. *International Energy Conservation Code Building better homes is a smart idea While is it is essential to know your climate zone and build...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...is somewhat compressible and it holds its R value when compressed, and it isn't harmed by moisture the way fiberglass insulation can be. Create a durable air seal: low-expanding spray foam is commonly used around windows, which works fine for its insulation value but it is not flexible enough to withstand the normal ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...isture is removed during this process, which can change the crystalline structure of cellulose. This makes the wood more dimensionally stable and resistant to fungal growth but, at that point, it is less resistant to impacts and abrasions. Also, it is the charring of shou-sugi-ban that gives it its protection against U...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...issivity). This is a metallic film that is applied to windows which further determines how much heat comes in and how much goes out. Low E coatings on windows will reduce heat loss by reflecting infrared heat back into your home in winter while also reflecting heat back out in summer. On the down side, they can also re...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...is comprised of between 88 and 100% recycled content, and often sourced from post-industrial waste. Aluminum is usually less scratch-resistant than stainless steel, but with this one we have heard you won’t see a difference. The counter is very healthy as it has no VOCs, it is stain resistant, and it is entirely recy...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...is legitimate. Indeed, a cut tree will no longer produce oxygen. This is where sustainable forest management is very important. Wood is an abundant and renewable resource, especially here in Canada, but it is important to know how to use it intelligently. The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standard is there to iden...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...is is a great trend in the residential market to follow the 30+ US cities that as of about 2015 required all commercial building owners to disclose the energy efficiency performance to tenants and buyers. It should come as little surprise that a discouraging amount of energy efficiency initiatives and climate crisis ...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...What is driving building professionals to prefab & modular construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustainable construction practices and workforce shortages, are several drivers of wider use of prefab and modular kit buildings. This is driven by technology – such...