a reply to: TatTvamAsi
Thanks for the tips! We've already took into consideration much of what you listed. Here is what we have planned so far (subject to change)
1) Where I live now it can get to -50c a few times per winter, and then +35c in the summers. Where we will be making the community it shouldn't get
more than -25c in the winters as an extreme, and +30c in the summers. Either way, we were going to implement main heating systems, and several back up
I don't quite remember if i go into detail on the matter in the original topic (linked in the OP), but essentially we're going to be mainly running
off of compost heating designs; which run through the floors of the houses. With the first additional heating being a wood-burning boiler, and a third
emergency heating system being a simple wood burner in each home.
2) We're still trying to find out what we want to do for insulation, but we want to stay away from fiberglass for various reasons. We'll likely go
with denim insulation or the poly spray foam insulation.
3) I'm pretty sure (but not totally sure) that all new buildings in Canada need triple pane glass. Even if they didn't, we're definitely going to be
using them to save energy.
4) At first we considered this, but I'm fairly certain that in Canada you need a lot of permits/engineers/architects to allow the house to be
insurable. Our Ideal location would have rolling hills in it, and we aren't opposed to making further structures along these concepts in the future.
For cost matters at this time, we'll be stuck with above-ground buildings.
5) I really like the idea of geothermal heating, but last time I checked it was quite expensive. something like $50,000 or so. That, evidently, is
also a thing we cannot do ourselves (to our knowledge). So it is out of the budget for now, but again, something we can look more closely at in the
future, or if the cost changes dramatically by the time we build.
6) Water heating is still up in the air for us. We are trying to figure out exactly how much power we are going to run off, and honestly, our best
option may simply be to have a electric, tankless water heater. Of course, those are all great suggestions, so we may eventually consider one of those
an an alternative.
7) This is something I'm very interested, but don't really know where to get great sources to both share all the information as well as keep it very
cost-effective. This is definitely something we'd like to implement in the community as soon as possible.
8) This is something I haven't done much research on yet, but I completely agree. We are going to build in an area with a lot of rain, so fortunately
we can get much of our water simply from that. But, yes, this is definitely something we'll have to put more research in to.
9) Ventilation will be a big part of the house design we will eventually go with, and also the location of the houses as well. It's definitely a
matter we're taking into great consideration when building
10) Hah, dishwashers. Yes, when building tiny, those things are going to be one of the things to get hit by the biggest impact. We actually don't have
a dishwasher now, so I'm not too concerned about that. This aspect about going tiny is very subjective to the individual. some people aren't big on
cooking, so they likely won't have that big of a kitchen, some are the opposite, some have a lot of stuff they feel they simply can't live without, so
they'll need more storage space, some are the opposite.
For us, we don't need much sleeping space at all, but the kitchen is an important part of what our end design will incorporate. We'll likely have a
full sized fridge and stove, but the sink and obviously dishwasher aren't too important to us.
Again, thanks for the suggestions! We're definitely going to look more into many of them.