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Mixed interior room 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...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...climate change,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “LEED’s success in Canada represents not only a growing recognition of its demonstrated benefits for human health and operational cost savings, but also its unparalleled potential to be part of the solution to a warming planet and rising sea...

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...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...climate change, we'd need to do a lot more than just a few. So be a responsible global citizen and accept this money. Of course it will take more than fixing up some houses before we see noticeable change in our energy consumption, but this draws attention to the abysmal performance we accept from houses, the ones stan...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...change into practice. An RFP (request for proposal) was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program, design criteria and the requirement for Passive House certification Mobius Architecture had been involved in the assessment of the fire damaged structure, and saw the opportunity for an innovative s...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...changes so that he relies entirely on renewable energy for all his needs. That is to say, the photovoltaic(PV) panels that already power his house and part of his water heating will serve an additional purpose in the future. They will soon power a heat pump that will phase change heat to a thermal storage battery. ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...climate change, resource depletion and the rising cost of energy. Homeowners could enjoy lower monthly costs (not higher, as can be the misconception) when a construction budget is weighted more towards reducing heat loss rather than complex and expensive heating systems and the utility bills that come with them. W...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...climate change continues to disrupt rainfall and water supply systems worldwide in 2020. The 2014–2015 drought in California, with more than 70% of the state in extreme drought by summer 2015, brought water concerns to national attention and has been compounded by the disasterous wildfires in 2019. These wildfires in...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...climate change go away). Doesn't it? Oh... But in certain areas of the US, to avoid catastrophic urban and agricultural droughts, we have to begin implementing commercial and residential water conservation measures immediately. And THAT cheery preamble, is actually to lay the groundwork about an innovative and award-...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...climates: New Mexico has a mild, arid/semi-arid climate, which is characterized by light precipitation, low-relative humidity and an abundance of sunshine, so there is no better place to build an Earthship. The website still claims they are 'comfortable in all climates' and there is endless talk about how they are ...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...changes, and design walls to handle moisture effectively. As most new North American homes are now equipped with air conditioning, the first and most important step in new home construction would be to stop including polyethylene vapor barriers in wall assemblies in all but the coldest of climates, or at least change...