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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

...building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if possibl...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...energy efficient and the energy efficiency of a heat pump pool heater is measured by the coefficient of performance (COP). The higher the COP for the pool heater, the more energy efficient it is. Typically, COP is measured by testing a heat pump pool heater with an outdoor temperature of 80 degrees. COPs usually range ...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects and a leading expert in Passive House Design and Planning. “We wanted to show that building sustainably isn’t only for the affluent. With a little innovation homes can be both energy efficient and affordable.” “We’re very excit...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building must be designed for quality of life, taking care to ensure comfort, atmosphere and aesthetics Energy efficient: As heating and cooling are most often the largest components of the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the buil...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Energy Homes pilot program goals The goal of the R-2000 Net Zero Energy homes pilot program in Canada was to improve the performance standards of homes, and to raise awareness of energy-efficient green home building techniques among builders. Through participating in this pilot project, every builder became license...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...ENERGY STAR for New Homes: ENERGY STAR promotes guidelines for energy efficiency in new homes resulting in homes that are at least 20% more efficient than homes built to provincial building codes alone. ENERGY STAR is most commonly known for its evaluation of energy efficient appliances, fixtures, windows and doors...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to provide an incremental approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that will help the province meet its goal of having all new buildings be Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver Step Code ...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...efficient, and functional system of residential architecture has been realized in this beautiful airy home. To see more about Net Zero Energy NZE Homes or Zero Net Energy Houses & Buildings, see HERE from EcoHome, North America's favorite Green Building website Zero Net Energy home minimalist interi...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...Building Guide pages and l earn more about energy-efficient home upgrades , and Green building certification programs such as LEED for Homes , Passive House , Net Zero labelled homes that may make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives .

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for commercial buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial program has been in effect for much longer, LEED for Homes Canada was developed...

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

...energy drain in a home after heating . so Air-to-water heat pump water heaters are potentially a big energy saver, particularly when the main heat source in a home is an air source heat pump, as the water heater can in effect 'borrow' the efficiency of that heat pump, which on average is about 3 times more efficient th...