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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...