MCNZH - Progress (part 2) - more framing, wood reuse

We have trusses, and we'll have a roof by tomorrow. Nick and Adam of Green Door Builders are doing a great job of framing the house. Peter is always amazed at how little waste they create. They're only throwing out little toothpicks of plywood. On top of that they are dipping into a pile of reusable lumber that I set aside for them:

A 2x6 left behind by the cribbing crew (up top, covered with a light coating of concrete) was conscientiously reused during framing  read more... »

Solar Electric System - Actual Performance

The Riverdale NetZero Project, one of twelve projects to emerge from CMHC's EQuilibrium Housing Initiative, is now complete. It is a groundbreaking project that is the result of many people putting in many volunteer hours. It looks like the duplexes will each actually be NetCredit homes, because their performance is exceeding expectations so far.  read more... »

MCNZH - Progress (part 1) - foundation, framing

We tore down the house at 9805 - 84 Avenue about 45 days ago, and Peter Amerongen and Habitat Studios have made a lot of progress since.

The very beginning was quite stressful due to some difficult neighbour relations, but we go through that (for now). In the meantime,  our foundation is poured and backfilled:

and the framing is well underway:  read more... »

Recycling Gluelam Beams

The Mill Creek NetZero Home (MCNZH) will have very heavy floors. The concrete top coats applied to the main and second floors (in order to add thermal mass to the home) will each contain about 200 cubic feet of concrete. At about 145 pounds per cubic foot, we're talking 29,000 pounds, or over 13 metric tonnes of concrete, on each floor.  read more... »