Built green / Guides

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...built homes, yet be on par with those homes in its annual cost to own and operate. Design for heat retention before heat generation Standard practices in re...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...built to code . For example, if a home is built of timber and will be air conditioned in summer months, it is now agreed on by building scientists that the wo...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...built by Inhaus Developments Ltd. Inside and out the design of this home is not what you would expect from prefab. It's 2085 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 4 ba...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...built out to allow for the additional exterior insulation. The Delta air barrier was wrapped around the entire window box and into the interior. Window buil...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

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!)

...Green Building website Zero Net Energy home minimalist interior design © bioi Zero Energy Home Kitchen design © bioi ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...built at the same time in Regina. Windows: Unfortunately, at the time we built the SCH the best windows were only about R2. These windows were essentially h...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...built his passive solar greenhouse by himself after extensive internet research and attending workshops. He began with existing greenhouse plans and adapted the...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...greenest of the green will have some measurable impact. It takes energy to save energy, and manufacturing insulation is arguably one of the more noble things we...

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

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

...green building programs, so if you’ve ever built to LEED or Passive House Standards this should be quite a bit easier. The increases in actual building costs ...