Architect / Guides

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...architect with William Dewson Architects, www.dewson.com. Farnham Avenue House is a single-family detached residential infill project. Some of the eco-friendly design aspects are time honoured such as, vertical ventilation and natural daylight shafts, dynamic cross ventilation, passive solar shading, and supe...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...architecture Gabion walls in modern architect-designed homes Gabion walls are an integral part of the design of the ZEB Pilot House The ZEB Pilot house in Norway is a good example incorporating gabion stone cages in home design where they are used to build both interior and exterior walls. This single-famil...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...Architect designed Prefab Tiny Houses for Sale Have a Backyard Office Delivered on a Truck! What are the Laws in Washington State for Tiny Homes? Are Shipping Container Tiny Homes Good or Bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the ...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...Architect Mobius Architecture Inc. Structural Engineer CanStruct Engineering Group Mechanical Engineer ITEC Systems Design Ltd. Electrical Engineer Opal Engineering Passive House Consultant Red Door Energy Building Envelope RDH Building Science Inc. General Contractor Spani Developments Ltd. Module Fabric...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...Architect Lucie Langlois and Alain Hamel (Écohabitation board member) came up with the recipe for the Kenogami House, making it the most well-insulated and resilient house, likely in the world. According to Engineer Denis Boyer, "You could easily build a home in the average Canadian climate that was so well-insulated...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green prefab kit home which is ideal for Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Main & New Hampshire Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here . Or see a beautiful ...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...architect, ask how they arrived at their conclusions as to how much insulation to put in different locations, and if energy modelling was involved. Choosing the right windows: Another case of balancing your thermal envelope is in terms of window quality . Having an extremely well-insulated wall is great, but ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

In 1996, this off-grid house designed by architect Martin Liefhebber was one of two concept homes selected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of their Healthy Housing Design Competition. What was to be built was a three-bedroom semi-detached home on a small lot in downtown Toronto, And bey...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

The low carbon footprint of the S1600 kit house The Ecohabitation Eco-Habitat S1600 prefab kit home was designed by PARA-SOL Architecture & Development and built by Batiment Pre-Fab Inc. The experts of Ecohabitation recently calculated the total carbon footprint of this surprisingly affordable prefab eco home, which...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...architecture or building science, but I dabbled in researching the topic for a decade. I remember that I was absolutely inspired when I first came across some of the designs for highly-efficient homes from the 70's, especially some of the passive solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage ...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...Architect designed Zero Energy Ready Prefab Home for sale would still enable me to live a relatively minimalistic and sustainable lifestyle - but would also provide me with a decent investment and the room to entertain and grow my family in the future. I feel like this is where I’m most likely heading then - wish me lu...