Passive house

 
The Spring House Passive House
You can have a Passive House certified either by the Passive House Institute (PHI) or PHIUS, the US specific system. Find out the differences. This article was written by Charlotte Paquin-Béchard and translated to English by Sarah Cobb, both of Rocket Construction. Read here...
Lockeport Beach House
The Lockeport Beach house in Nova Scotia is the Residential winner of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards. Originally published by our print affiliate SAB Magazine Jury comments: This house has a light environmental footprint that derives from the philosophical approach taken...
Passive House
Follow owner/builders Sarah Cobb and William Murray as they build a home targeting both Passive House and LEED. This is the first in a series of owner blogs we will post following the personal experience of Sarah Cobb and William Murray of Rocket Construction Inc. as they build a...
How radiant floors work
Factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home. . Have you ever noticed that at times you can feel cold in your home even though the air temperature is exactly where you...
Vancouver Passive House
As a part of their Greenest City Action Plan, Vancouver is helping builders get homes certified under the Passive House Standard. . Vancouver has set a goal of being the greenest city in the world by the year 2020. Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public...
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...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building. This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved, written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of...
Balanced insulation levels in a home
Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed. . Keeping heat in your home during a Canadian winter is a battle of epic proportions, one that needs to be fought...
Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island, BC
Modular Passive House construction replaces hospital staff housing that burned down in 2004. Bella Bella is a small community located on Campbell Island between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Approximately 90% of its 1,500 residents belong to the Heiltsuk First...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
This is the first in a series of blogs we will post from Craig Anderson about the ups and downs of building an off-grid home. The following is a firsthand account of a building project by Craig Anderson and his wife France-Pascale Ménard who bought a large piece of land in West...
The Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum
Canada Green Building Council President Thomas Mueller calls Ecohome's Edelweiss House "A phenomenal achievement". We are pleased to announce that the Edelweiss House in Wakefield, QC has just received final certification of Platinum under the recently released LEED V4 for Homes...
Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
A case study by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute on Ecohome's Kenogami House in Northern Quebec. Ecohome's Kenogami House in northern Quebec was described by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute based in Brattleboro, Vermont, as "The...
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...
Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Quebec
When you're a long way from the amenities of civilization, employing both active and passive solar strategies can provide security, independence and just good living in general. . With their house about three kilometers from the nearest paved road and hydro pole, Craig Anderson...
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...
The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
With the help of the Ecohome design team, home builder Alain Hamel builds "The Most Resilient House in North America". The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami...
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...
There can often come a point with sustainable building practices where cost effectiveness becomes questionable, and when your money might be best spent elsewhere. The Damn Near Passive House could be one of those cases. The term 'passive house' refers to an extremely high performing...
Leed platinum plaque
Home rating systems can offer an independent and credible third party appraisal of the health, durability and performance of a home. As more people pursue home rating certifications, they become increasingly well known and trusted. Consequently, more people seek them out. Developers...
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...
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...
B.C.’s First Passive House
The first home in British Columbia to meet international Passive House Standards will also double as affordable housing for Whistler families, proving that building energy efficient homes can be affordable. The passive solar design and orientation of homes is anything but new. Solar...