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What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...built to code you may need a backup. So as a homeowner and builder, this is where you will need to decide between investing in insulation or an additional heati...

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...

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...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...built. For other pages on eco friendly heating options see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fireplace from the days of old, only with the inclusion of a glass door ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...built-in planters, like living green walls promote well-being in addition to providing a healthy source of food and visual interest to the interior Chosen H...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...built. The walls just meet the minimum requirements of building codes, windows are usually just double-pane, and a forced-air system or electric radiators are e...

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...

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...built right into their counters. You can also opt for a homemade design and convert a vacant space in the kitchen into a waste collection area. The important th...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...built Custom Homes Ltd. Vancouver, BC www.sonbuilthomes.com Sustainable TO Toronto, ON www.sustainable.to Wrighthaven Homes Limited Elora,...