• Langley Passive House - Part 5 - Door Install
  • Langley Passive House - Part 5 - Door Install
  • Langley Passive House - Part 5 - Door Install

Doors are installed similarly to windows. A 2x4 ripped is offset at jamb and head. The door frame rests on plywood spacers and is glued/sealed with adhesive foam. The frame is over a self-adhered flashing at sill which itself sits above rigid EPS at concrete foundation. The EPS is painted with compatible damp-proofing. 2 layers of rigid roxul provide a thermal bridge free installation at the wall. On the interior the door is taped to the concrete topping at floor and to the studs at jamb & head. The door install shares the non-conventional details as the wall detail (see Part 4). The exterior insulated strategy shown here is considered the most robust (http://buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-001-the-perfect-wall) is endorsed by the Home Protection Office (https://hpo.bc.ca/r22-effective-walls-wood-frame-in-BC) the same people who insure your home. ...

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Window Detail Triple pane window is installed over sill flashing & weather resistant membrane and then taped. Then there is a 2x4 ripped to the thickness of 1 layer of rigid roxul around the window offset about 3". This holds a layer of rigid roxul tight against the window frame and provides a nailing & flashing surface. The second layer of rigid roxul covers up the 2x4 resulting in a thermal bridge free detail. Borate treated 2x4 strapping on flat hold the 2 layers of rigid roxul in place. Also shown here is the wall connection to the foundation. You can see the dimple board drainage layer with a self adhered flashing at the top and the rigid roxul over top. On the left of the lower picture (above) you can see how the rigid roxul is held in place with temporary bracing via leaning 2x4s before the install of permanent strapping and long screws. You can see the ...

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We are surrounded by it - cellphones, cell towers, powerlines, smartmeters, wifi, you name it. We are swimming in what we can call now "electrosmog" and we feel we have no control over it. But there are practical steps we can take to reduce our exposure to radiation starting from our most immediate environment - our home. Ask the right questions and the answers will come!

  Yes we are surrounded by it - cellphones, cell towers, powerlines, smartmeters, wifi, you name it. And yes, we are swimming in what we can call now "electrosmog". And we question whether the amount of radiation we are being exposed to on a daily basis is safe for our bodies. At the same time we feel overwhelmed by the thought of trying to reduce our exposure to 'electrosmog' because we feel we don't have any control over it. It's out there, it's everywhere, what are we supposed to do about it? And what can we do that is actually effective? My take on it, first of all, is we need to get out of this 'helpless' kind of mentality and the belief that there is nothing we can do about the situation so why do anything? That's just a thought that keeps us from taking action. Ask the right questions and the answers will come! There are very practical things we can do to reduce our exposur ...

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  • Langley Passive House Part 3 - Wall Detail
  • Langley Passive House Part 3 - Wall Detail

As mentioned in part 1 of the series this wall detail takes a high vapour permeance or breathable approach in contrast with a more vapour closed system such as traditional 6 mil poly, spray foam insulation, or SIPS panel. In an everyday example it is similar to choosing a breathable Gore-tex or Tyvek jacket over a fully waterproof rubber or latex one. The sequence of assembley allows for easy access for sealing of the air barrier membrane and the vapour barrier is solid (plywood) avoiding the difficulties in sealing and movement of the traditional 6 mil poly. 1) a 2x4 stud wall is framed on conc. foundation 2) plywood is attached to the stud wall without gaps 3) air barrier membrane is draped over the plywood and sealed at edges with specialized tape 4) two layers of roxul insulation are installed with 5) 2x4 vertical strapping holding the insulation in place 6) fibre cement siding fo ...

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  • Langley Passive House Part 2 - Sunshade
  • Langley Passive House Part 2 - Sunshade

The South facing sunshades on the Langley Passive House are permanent, sized to reject the overheating summer sun while allowing passage of the winter sun through the windows to heat the home, and fit the architectural style of the home. There are two levels of sunshade one at the roof level as an extension of the eaves and the other shades the main level windows and doors as a continuous wall mounted canopy. The upper eaves are extensions of the top chord of the roof trusses and form an angled soffit with continuous venting. This overhang shades the upper level windows from the steep angle of the summer sun. The lower angle winter sun is not obsured by the length of the overhang allowing the warming rays to play a key role in heating the interior of the home. The main level canopy is shown in the detailed close-up image and is attached such that it does not penetrate the insulatio ...

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  • Langley Passive House Part 1 - In Progress
  • Langley Passive House Part 1 - In Progress

The Langley Passive house is a 'split-insulated' wall assembley pioneered by RDH Building Engineering for the BC climate. This strategy is described in the Building Enclosure Design Guide (HPO 2011) and Guide for Designing Energy Efficiency Building Enclosures (FPInnovations 2013) both by RDH. The wall design borrows from the North Shore Passive House in construction by the Econ Group (http://www.econgroup.ca/north-shore-passive-house/) and progress photos of the North Shore home are available at http://www.econgroup.ca/north-shore-passive-house/. The schematic roof - wall - foundation diagram shows the component parts for the Langley Passive house. The wall assembley consists of a 2x4 structural and service wall with a plywood vapour barrier at the exterior. An air barrier is taped to the rigid plywood backing. Two layers of rigid roxul provide exterior and continuous exterior insula ...

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  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!
  • Nanaimo Spec House complete!

We're so excited to see this new house project completed in Nanaimo, BC! This modern spec home sold already half way through construction. There will be two more to come on the subdivided lot. We created lofty spaces to capture the beautiful views of the Marina. The house is designed with simplicity and flexibility in mind. The bottom floor converts into a secondary suite with separate entrance for those who need a mortgage helper, or it can easily become a studio or office for the growing population of creative professionals that work from home. From the outside the house exhibits a professional, clean look, with simple lines and low-maintenance materials. There are 2 bedrooms on the main floor for those who prefer a one-level living style. There is also a master suite on the top level with direct access to a luxurious rooftop patio! The whole house is designed and sited using ...

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  • Sunshine Coast BC Home Show

We are so excited to be part of the 2015 Sunshine Coast Home Show! Come check out our booth and bring your questions. The Show runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday June 13th at the Gibsons Arena and it's FREE admission! There will be lots of awesome door prizes and performances and food venues too, a fun day for the family and to check out what's new and exciting on the Coast or to learn about new things, such as solar power! Whether you are looking to build a new home or to renovate, this is a great place to connect with the professionals and get your questions answered, or to be inspired by new ideas! Join us for the 2015 Home and Garden Expo! ...

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  • GIBSONS BEACH HOUSE

This artist's residence on the Gibsons Waterfront is now complete! The original home was in disrepair but the new owners saw a lot of promise and great structural bones. We were enlisted to surgically alter the interior spaces and give the outside a much needed facelift. Here is the result!!! ...

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  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio

We paid a visit to our project site in Powell River this December and how pleased we were to see the progress! The project is for a Main House and Studio/Workshop space for a couple from Vancouver. And what a beautiful waterfront setting this is! Breathtaking waterviews can be seen from virtually every room in the house. The cozy Studio at the back of the property doesn't lose out on the view either, perched above it looks over the roof of the Main House to the ocean beyond. It was so great to see how warm and bright the whole house and the studio feel bathed in winter sunlight! Access to light was a big concern for the clients and the house is sited and designed to take maximum advantage of solar gain. A nice grove of trees surrounds the buildings, the clients were adamant about preserving as many trees as possible on the site and the trees do add to the feeling of peaceful and seclu ...

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