Climate change / Guides

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...climate change. Mechanical climate control cooling systems will always have a place in home design, but they should be a secondary design focus after cheaper passive cooling strategies have been implemented. Natural shading techniques to cool homes Our reliance on grid-fed power to cool our homes in summer as globa...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...climate change, there is still the issue of what is the most affordable heating system for a house, and the most sustainable for the future. Is buying a new gas furnace a good idea? A gas furnace may last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but the average life expectancy is 20 years. Also, choosing to add gas to a home ...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...change that bulb again. For what it’s worth, they are your best bet if you can afford it. This isn’t to suggest you run out and change all your bulbs, just keep it in mind when you do need to replace one and keep checking the prices. Lighting design features to consider Be aware of the blinding effect of dire...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...climate change in the form of extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. Snow melt combined with torrential spring rains can lead to very high water tables and consequently, sewage backflow is an increasing danger to homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ)...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...climate change, as it prevents the release of carbon into the atmosphere. Currently the only real carbon storage option in green building materials comes from natural building products such as strawbales, wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carbon approach to new construction can play an important role in meeting Canada’s GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually. Further reductions will come from our stock of existing buildings. This sounds l...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...change into carbon dioxide, a less harmful gas. So rather than at the surface of reservoirs, 95% of the problem is at the dam itself where methane-rich deep water goes through the high-pressure environment of turbines and spillways. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a warming imp...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...change until we start to feel the shortage. This is not intended to dissuade you from pursuing a gray water recycling system, but rather to present the realities of it from a financial point of view although here's a new gray water recycling system that does save energy and money . To learn where you can actually see...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...climate change have to be fully explored. Considering that: Buildings are the #1 source of climate pollution— with 39% of global emissions. Their construction and ongoing maintenance generate the largest share of the waste going into landfills. With city populations doubling by 2050, our world cannot sustain th...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

Along with its unprecedented achievements, the Kenogami House continues to act as a laboratory for resilient, cold climate building practices. Through software energy modeling it was determined that the Kenogami House would likely require 14.6 kWh of heat per square metre per year, but its actual performance seems to ...