Passive solar

 
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...
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...
Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold...
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...
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...
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...
 Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest
Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground. Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are...
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...
A true green home - healthy, durable, energy efficient and in a peaceful natural environment. This passive solar home was built with superior insulation and soundproofing, excellent interior air quality and energy efficiency. The blower door air-tightness test surpassed the stringent...
Understanding building science basics will help you design and build durable and efficient wall systems. .   Watch more...
Mineral wool batts being installed in roof for a total of R95.   Watch more videos Our Demo House roof is a 2/12 pitch insulated to R95 with Roxul mineral wool batts. R95 far exceeds the most rigorous Canadian building codes, and is a key component to us achieving an...
This is the first in a series of videos that will follow the construction of a demonstration house, outlining the steps to building high performance, energy efficient homes. .     WATCH MORE VIDEOS   Welcome to the Ecohome video building guide. This series...
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...
Mixed interior room lighting
Home lighting impacts safety, function, energy consumption and quality of life. Different lights offer not only different levels of efficiency, but a variety of colours as well, and can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder(S.A.D.). The first thought of home lighting design should be...
Photovoltaic solar panels
It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical generation, we can work to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar energy Our future truly depends on us continuing to develop...
Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
The first step to home design deciding what sort of base you will rest it on. The following pages outline the benefits and drawbacks of slab-on-grade construction and basement foundations. Traditionally, home construction starts with a concrete basement foundation. Depending on the...
All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies. The main principles of green building: A high performance, energy efficient home may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these...