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What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...Net Zero standard or to get it certified? If so here is the Canadian Home Builders Association page on their Net Zero program, they may also be a resource to he...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

What kind of incentive are available for a high performance net zero home?

...net zero ready or net zero home this year and would like to discuss with you what my options are for incentives, rebates and grant I would be able to get to hel...

Posted by Matt Garrod March 28, 2021, 3:37 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Where do you find free energy audits and Canadian Net Zero grants?

...net zero home grants and free energy audits in Canada. But I can actually find where these incentives can be put in motion. Can you please help me find where to...

Posted by Ian Macmillan July 10, 2020, 8:52 a.m. Grants and incentives 0 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

At the moment I'm designing a small house that I hope to be able to be able to live in all year round, with zero bills so I'm using wind, hydro and solar for e...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Hello EcoHome I was wondering, do you offer your home kits to Massachusetts?

...net zero home (prefab/modular). You can see all of our LEED and Passive House ready kit houses on this page here , and yes, they are available in the Eastern US...

Posted by Kimberly Luce July 23, 2020, 7:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Do you need ventilation in a cold storage pantry in a high performance house?

Hi, we are currently building a high performance net-zero home in Canada, and we are installing a cold-room for food storage. This room is on the north side of...

Posted by Brad Sullivan April 12, 2021, 1:13 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

I am building a net zero home with ICF blocks serving as a frost wall. Our exterior above grade walls will also be ICF with the addition of 3.5" of EPS panels ...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

...net effect it so greatly reduced as to be neglible? Yes, exactly. Since the screws do not go right through the wall assembly, the thermal bridging is drasticall...

Posted by David Pantalone Feb. 9, 2020, 4:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...net energy once we fully assessed the true energy requirements over a year or two. As the house location is off-grid in the North Woods area, it's not a case of...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Where would I apply for interest free loan?

...Net Zero Home Grants & interest free loans & incentives for home renovations will all help Canadians to live more sustainably in 2020 & beyond - Ecohome has the...

Posted by Pat Morrison Aug. 31, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Grants and incentives 3 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...net result may in fact be more energy consumption, not less. There is no escaping the fact that they can improve quality of life by providing a lot of natural...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...net energy homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House ) we used the Mitsubishi Mr. Slim Mini-split heat pump as seen in...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Will a wind turbine work on the outside of an RV while on the freeway?

...net loss of energy. It amounts to using one source of energy to generate another, like if you were to plug in a fan and use electricity to make a wind turbine s...

Posted by magnuSong July 16, 2021, 4:26 a.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...net heat gain. north windows will offer virtually no passive heat gain, so you want the highest R-value windows possible to reduce heat loss. And remember tha...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

Concrete slab floor with frost wall I will run with the assumption that your house is not yet built otherwise you would already have a heating solution, is tha...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

Very interested in your prefabs on slab. We would prefer to be off grid as the cost of grid power on our site is expensive. We also need a water collection sys...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

Hi, we are planning to build a home in the Canadian Rockies, we would like to incorporate a grid tied, ground mounted solar system into our design. Given that ...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...netting that holds the cellulose in place while allowing air to escape during injection, followed by a poly vapor barrier , strapping and drywall. And to be cle...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses