Archive for the ‘Structure & Exterior Envelope’ Category

Prefab form kits for frost-protected shallow foundations

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

First published at Ecohome.net, which has a guide and videos for slab-on-grade construction.

A slab-on-grade is a great alternative to a basement if you’ve got the space. Building with prefab kits make them easy and affordable.

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SPONSORED SUPPLEMENT: Rediscover Concrete

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

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The 2016 Canadian Directory of Products and Services for High-Performance Building

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Visit the Directory online for Listings organized by Product Category and by LEED Category

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Flexible House Design

Monday, January 19th, 2015

A well constructed home will stand long enough to see many families come and go in its lifetime, and they won’t all have the same needs. When drawing floor plans, flexible design can make future
changes easier.


By Emmanuel Cosgrove

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How to install cladding so your walls can dry

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to allow the control layers - like your vapour barrier, air barriers and insulation to do their jobs without being assaulted by wind, precipitation and UV rays.


By Mike Reynolds

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The Elliott Residence

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Reno and addition make farmhouse a local destination

The Elliott Residence is a retrofit / addition to a 1930 farmhouse near Ottawa. Designed for durability, energy independence and carbon neutrality, it meets R-2000, ENERGY STAR and GreenHouse, is participating in the 1000 Home Challenge and is Certified LEED Gold. Situated on five acres, the flex design stresses home-based income and food security, accessibility, community and rural aging-in-place. The house is designed to be divided so half may serve as a caregiver suite, a rental unit, or a home-based business.

BY ROSS ELLIOTT

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Global Solutions House

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Simple design a model for Aging-in-Place affordability

Designed and built as an Aging-in-Place affordable housing model with the possibility for a secondary suite, the Passive E House will serve in part as a demonstration home by having its energy performance monitored over the coming years.

BY CODY SMITH

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The Ecohome Demo House

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Stage One: Slab-on-grade construction

The Ecohome Demonstration House is well underway, the following page chronicles the first stage of constuction, building the slab-on-grade. The house is oriented facing south to maximize passive solar heat gain in winter, but will be shaded in the summer by deciduous trees, wall mounted sun shades and a large overhang to prevent overheating.


By Mike Reynolds

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The Annual Directory for Sustainable Products and Services

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The 2015 Directory for Sustainable Products and Services

LEED categories noted for the products listed in the following pages are intended to show
how these products can potentially help a project earn LEED points

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Tall Wood

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Insights from the FII/BSLC Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

In the fall of 2013, Forestry Innovation Investment and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council commissioned Perkins+Will to conduct a survey of completed Tall Wood buildings from around the world, and share the lessons learned by others with those contemplating similar projects in North America. The study was published in the spring of 2014, and SABMag took the opportunity to speak with the lead author, Rebecca Holt of Perkins+Will in Vancouver.

By Rebecca Holt of Perkins+Will in Vancouver.

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