Net Zero Heat

 
Snohetta Zero Energy Building in Norway
Insulation saves heat and energy, but it takes energy to make it. A Zero Energy Building counts that embodied energy when determining its energy efficiency. We were really happy to see the following piece from Designboom. On the topic of  home energy efficiency, the...
The Kenogami House holds the highest LEED score achieved in Canada (106), a Net Zero Heat rating of 15 kWh and a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder© Media for Best Resilient Design. . Along with its unprecedented achievements, the Kenogami House continues to act as a...
Naugler House: the most energy efficient home in New Brunswick
With a $77 annual heating bill, the Naugler House has earned its bragging rights. With a heating bill of $77 for an entire winter, the Naugler House is without a doubt the most energy-efficient home in New Brunswick. Not only will it save money long-term, it is saving money right now...
Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance home design.
Harold Orr introduced us to some of the most essential components of durable and energy efficient homes. Here is a look back at the house he designed that revolutionized the housing industry. While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, we were in contact with...
The Conservation House in Saskatchewan was built in 1977, and was a revolutionary building design that introduced passive heating and cooling to modern home building. . If you've ever sat in a car with black leather seats, you likely understand passive solar heat gain. It is a very...
The concepts of passive solar heating and cooling
Outside of any certification programs, the commonly accepted definition of a passive house is one that minimizes its operational energy demand through building design and orientation. . There is a bit of chatter in the construction world lately about passive house contruction, and...
LEED Platinum house
In celebration of World Green Building Week the CaGBC releases a searchable database detailing all LEED projects across Canada. With 4000+ LEED certified projects in Canada we are second only to the United States in number of certified buildings and homes. In honour of World...
Interior sheathing wood frame construction
3/4 inch OSB sheathing on the interior can be an excellent air barrier and a great vapour barrier as well. We are currently in an evolutionary period of home construction. The old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, glass fiber insulation and polyethylene saw us through the last few decades...
Passive solar home design
With a southern orientation and well placed windows, passive solar homes can reduce heating requirements by an easy 25% without adding any cost. Passive solar is so aptly named because there are no wires, panels or batteries and nothing to break down. It's just about design, and it...
The Damn Near Passive House rated at Net Zero Heat 30
Performance: Net Zero Heat 30 Designed by future owner / builder Roy de Vries and Designer John Gower of Gower Design Group. To be located in the Kootenays, BC, the 'damn near Passive House' exists so far in design only and is slated to break ground in the spring of 2014. Once built, this...
Register for the Net Zero Heat Program   Registering for the Net Zero Heat Challenge is simple, different packages are available depending on the current stage of your project. It is never too late and never too early.  All prices include all applicable taxes, there will be no...
Net Zero Heat, Net Zero Energy
Net Zero Heat is A building envelope designed for its specific climate so that no heat source beyond the sun is required to maintain a comfortable room temperature.   A new building philosophy When searching for solutions to reduce home energy consumption, great focus is put on...
What is Net Zero Heat? The term Net Zero Heat is defined by building specifically to an individual climate so that all the heat required to keep a building warm is provided by the sun. All cold climate homes need some source of heat to maintain a livable temperature in winter. How much heat...
Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Developed by Alex Wilson, ENDURE is an acronym for a design concept that defines the essence of sustainable and efficient construction, and the foundation of our building philosophy for the Kenogami project. Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News, Green...