Since we last posted, most of what has been happening has been behind the scenes. Normally, the first thing you would do when building a new house is to get planning permission from your local authority (township, city etc.). However, when you are doing things differently than the normal type of house, the local planning official(s) will often require more than the usual amount of information, and some of that you just can’t provide until all the design work has been done.
In our case, our engineered foundation slab needed not only to be designed from scratch but also after that was done, had to be certified by an Ontario-registered building engineer. Similar things applied to our CLT construction. And it doesn’t matter how much the material and structural design exceeds the highest standards in the Ontario building code, it still has to be certified in Ontario. And again, we couldn’t finish off the application untill all the design work was finished to the level of detail expected by the manufacturer. We also needed separate Public Health certification for our new septic system. And then all of this had to be checked by the local planning officer. And, actually, because we took the time to do all the other stuff right, that final certification was easy.
So now we’re allowed to build our passive house and this blog will get busier. The timetable is something like this:
- Site preparation and survey: almost all done – more about this in the next blog post);
- Foundation and septic excavation and trenching for services: from October 13th);
- Engineered foundation installation / concrete pouring etc.: end of October);
- Septic system installation: also end of October);
- Earliest date for CLT delivery and construction: mid-November;
- Window and door delivery and installation: late November;
- Wood fibre insulation delivery and installation: early December;
- Roofing and siding: mid-December;
- Wood stove, water-heating system delivery and installation (also: mid-December).
After that it gets less urgent. We aim to have a weatherproof shell by Christmas, but then after the break, during the winter, we will get on with all of the inside work: electrical and plumbing rough-in; Heat-Recovery Ventilation installation; flooring; tiling; bathroom and kitchen installation etc.
But finally, it’s all systems go!