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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

...the heat loss of a home and the greatest risk for moisture damage inside walls. The insulating value of the wall adds up to R48.8 in total, which is about twice that of most provincial building codes. With framing materials factored in, energy modeling shows the effective or 'true' R value of the wall is 36.3. With h...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...the safest way, the most scenic way or which route has the most gas stations or least amount of hills. So what is the best wall system? That also depends on what you are looking for. What is the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most afforda...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...the country improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills with grants of up to $5,000 to make energy-efficient retrofits to their homes and up to $600 to help with the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation. To help homeowners and build on these measures, the 2021 Federal Budget also...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow domestic green supply chains, and help fight climate change. So, the question remains, what can it pay for and how to apply for the Canada greener homes grant? What grants are available through the initiative? There are up ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials...

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

...ishing what climate zone you are building in and how the existing wall is built to make sure you are not creating a condensation point at a dangerous place within the wall assembly, or preventing internal moisture from the occasional leak in the exterior skin from running away, so the wall structure can dry out. Wall...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...issions and protect the environment. What do the Liberal election promises include? The investment in Green Home Renovations and energy efficiency upgrades intends to retrofit 1.5 million homes to help Canadians make their homes more energy efficient, and better protect them from climate-related risks . The plan al...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...iscontinuities in the wall structure, you can also quickly deduce that this is not the case. It doesn't take expensive equipment or an engineer to identify a thermal bridge in a home, run your hand along your walls on a really cold day and they will find you. This isn't only an issue of heat loss and the higher bil...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...The law of diminishing returns means that there is a point where it's best to stop insulating homes and start planning to add heat, or risk spending money and embodied energy in materials that simply will not be recouped in a reasonable time period or over the life of the house. That is to say, there is a balancing p...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...the moment you turn on a furnace. The double wall construction will also increase the insulating efficiency by eliminating the thermal bridging heat loss you get in a traditional wall design where the wood studs (only R1 per inch), extend from the outside of the wall to the inside. There's also another option for b...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...The new BC Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to provide an incremental approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that will help the province meet its goal of having all new buildings be Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver...