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Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

Net Zero 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 beca...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...climate change strategy,” said Elizabeth MacDonald, CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. Beyond helping Ontario and Canada meet its climate change targets, this will save homeowners money on utilities as well as increase the value of homes that take advantage of the assistance offered. The Home Energy Transp...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...climate zone maps are different than on others, and they can also indicate fairly abrupt changes from one climate to the other. Since that obviously isn’t how climates and weather patterns behave, if you fall anywhere near a climate zone boundary where it changes from one to another, have a look at a few different clim...

The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...climate change and economic transition." By running water through a giant compost pile, it was brought from 7 °C to a blistering 62 °C. Not much more needs to be said that the video doesn't say. We love seeing stuff like this, if you come up with your own brilliant backyard inventions or hear of one, by all means tip...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...climate change and use of resources. Climate Change Action gains momentum in the U.S. In the U.S. by Dec 2019 four hundred and twenty-seven cities have signed the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. Additionally, The United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states and unincorporated self-gover...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...climate change. In fact, weather is not climate. Weather is what happens day-to-day, where climate trends are long-term patterns based on historical records over large regions. I would be full of hot air if I told you that one early heat wave in any given region is directly caused by climate change. As for long term ...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...climate change at home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change , improving home energy efficiency and decentralising power generation is something we can do to reduce our personal energy consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicy...

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

...climate change The cost and damage from severe weather events due to climate change is four times higher in 2019 than it was ten years ago, now averaging $1.8 billion a year over the last decade. In order to build resilient homes better suited to handle climate change , the Liberal Government has made the following c...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...climate catastrophe. Buildings are responsible for more than 50% of climate change emissions, and all because we have built them to the lowest common denominator – building code minimum performance standards. Because of that short-sighted approach and our carbon-based economy, we are all paying the price for it in te...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...climates we think of increased R-values as preventing heat loss from the warmer interior to the colder exterior, in some cases R-value can actually prevent potentially beneficial heat gain from a warm surface, such as a roof. The optimal balance of preventing heat loss and allowing heat gains will depend largely on cli...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...Climate Education Week toolbox , for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. The EPA’s Lesson Plans : The Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day website provides great ideas, lesson plans, and tips for Earth Day learning. Check out the lessons , which cover air, ecosystems, climate change, wa...