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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...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...built a network of charging stations long before there was demand, so in most areas, Tesla drivers currently enjoy quick and easy access to chargers without wai...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...built to much higher standards of air tightness and building code all across North America is being updated to reflect this, so mechanical ventilation systems a...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Green Building Guides - North America's favorite Sustainable & Green Building Resource

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...built by professionals when compared to a conventional chlorinated backyard pool. One great advantage natural pools have over chlorinated pools, is that no furt...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...built with far greater durability and be better-abled to resist the extreme weather occurrences that are increasing in frequency and intensity. The current leve...

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...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogam...

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

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...Greenspec , and BuildingGreen . this is an excerpt of what he had to say about the Kenogami House, the rest can be found on the RDI website Ecohome's Kenogami...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...built (a simple 4 inch pipe from below the slab to the exterior), though they have limited effectiveness as there is rarely enough stack pressure to draw up rad...