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

...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 loo...

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

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...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 help y...

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

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

...zero 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 ca...

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

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...zero thought to energy efficiency! A lot of clients are on a tight budget and the idea of even spending 20% more on insulation was too abstract a notion, for so...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

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

...energy audit in Canada? Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit Loans Canada

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

How do I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

...energy audit in Canada? Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit Loans Canada

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

When designing a single family home in Canada, what is the best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? I...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...energy-efficiency and durability standpoint, this following page will help - How to build a basement properly for energy efficiency and to prevent mold

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Are there any updates on the progress of the second demonstration house?

...energy performance and total carbon footprint on this page here - Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close There have been Legalett...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

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

...energy effient as posible. Thanks Olie

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

What is the best heating system for new home build?

...Zero Energy Homes As for the slab on grade with frost wall – an alternative to explore is a raft slab frost protected shallow foundation with air heated radia...

Posted by Maureen Thompson Oct. 28, 2021, 11:33 p.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...energy audit and blower door test to determine the current energy consumption, that also tells you were your weakest points are so you know where your money is ...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Where would I apply for interest free loan?

...Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politics…

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

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

...zero 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 se...

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

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

...Zero home that will be Earth Advantage Platinum & Beyond. I'm intending on using Dense Packed Cellulose in the home and just applied it to the wall cavities in ...

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

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...zero homes. It has been noted that this is a detriment in areas dominated by heating. Since it takes heat from the air, it creates additional load on the primar...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 3 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...Zero Energy Homes Even in Canada where that heat is a benefit in winter, most Canadians live in areas where summers are extremely hot, so incandescent bulbs w...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses