Passive design

 
The Windsor Park Net Zero House in Edmonton wins 2017 Canadian Green Building Award in Technical category. As owners of this project, we acted as both the designer and general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems...
Net Zero House Edmonton
The Windsor Park Net Zero House in Edmonton wins 2017 Canadian Green building Award in Technical category. As owners of this project, we acted as both the designer and general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems...
North Park Passive House Vancouver Island
The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium . First published by our print affiliate Ecohouse Magazine. The author, Rob Bernhardt, is with Bernhardt Contracting in...
Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
In this second post in a series on off-grid living, Craig Anderson outlines the energy systems of his house and explains why he chose them. This is the second piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction...
Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold climate home construction. The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling...
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...
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...
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...