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Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...built efficiently enough to create huge energy savings compared to a standard "code built" house? Especially if it is possible to build comfortable and super-ef...

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...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...built homes can be beautiful! While loose, dry straw would easily ignite, once compressed into a bale you would have a hard time lighting it on fire. ...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...built. Small homes are more affordable and eco-friendly that large homes, but are tiny homes on wheels green? Read here to find out if Tiny Houses are good for ...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...Green building design basics , how to stay on budget while building a home , visit the Ecohome green building guide pages at North America's Green building desi...

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.

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...green home construction industry Green home tax credits and interest-free loans are the best return on investment for government stimulus . An investment into...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...green roof courtyard © Don Erhardt CIRS will be an international centre for research, partnership and action on sustainability issues, including green building ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance...

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...