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Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made and very durable.

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding

The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island

When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes.

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing.

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building.

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

Whether you are renovating or building a new home, our categorized guide pages can help you through the process. We have something for all projects, from location and design to finishing and landscaping.

Green building guide

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Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made and very durable...
North Park Passive House Vancouver Island
The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium ..
When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes. ..
Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
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LED filament bulbs
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Pre-fab LEED home built by carpentry students
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Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
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Repainting and refinishing brick facades
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Off-grid leed home
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Thermal batteries for passive solar design
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