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Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...and walls that leak heat and moisture. A reasonably-sized house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are a...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Alaska, that above-average trend has extended for 105 days and counting. Fact: As the nation’s fastest-warming state, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment Alaska is experiencing many of the effects of a heating planet. The state’s temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate, with spring te...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...ation tax credit money. Replacing old and inefficient furnaces makes sense as they usually have a limited life span anyway, but it can also be a good time to switch to a clean energy home heating fuel as well. In many states and provinces heating with gas is popular and affordable, but that may not always be the case a...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A house with an EnerGuide rating is like a car with a safety check. It is an independent third party report on the quality of what you are buying, and an indicatio...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...and maximize privacy. The house is rectangular in plan, with the longer north and south elevations facing the property lines, the east elevation facing the ocean, and the west elevation screened from the road by a detached garage. This Net Zero Energy home's design strategy began with a compact plan and a high-perf...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...ARA-SOL, and the accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings, ÉNERGÉCO CONCEPT. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the controlled atmosphere of a manufacturing facility are not subject to time delays due to weather, they generate less material waste than ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...house , and to do so we have partnered with a company that manufactures frost-protected shallow foundations (slab-on-grade ) that are heated with air rather than liquid. There are many advantages to air-heated radiant floors over hydronic radiant floors , but none greater than the ability to inject solar-heated air int...

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

...at pump to heat the air of the house. This gives us air that is heated on average three times more efficiently (and three times cheaper) than had we relied on electric resistance heat in the form of baseboard heaters or our radiant floor boiler. We also have an air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater ...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...ation Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air,...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...aguenay Flood of July 1996, which was Canada’s first billion-dollar natural disaster; and then the January 1998 ice storm that affected 5 million Canadians (17% of the country) and left more than a million without power for days or weeks and caused $2.5 billion in damages—breaking the natural disaster price tag record ...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...andard for green building rating systems in Canada, and LEED platinum is the highest award. The living Building standard exceeds that. There are 7 components to the Living Building Challenge: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. As of yet, no building in Canada has been able to succeed in all ca...