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The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...living the dream. Like the Swiss Army Knife of tiny homes, the Ecocapsule packs everything you need into one very efficient, compact d...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...compact living, driving a tiny house around is hardly good for your personal carbon footprint, so they don’t always equate to being an eco-friendly green home. ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, where you can find The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The two houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 cal...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...compact (no need to plan for the space that a tank would occupy); little energy loss; zero energy consumption when no hot water is being used; limited upk...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...Compact fluorescent (CFL) Compact fluorescent bulbs are an efficient alternative to incandescent. Priced higher than incandescent bulbs, the life span and red...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...living room, kitchen and home office. Family and guest bedrooms are located on the upper floor, while the full-height basement contains leisure and social space...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...compact living and the clever multi-functional design aspects that tiny houses inevitably include. But the question remains whether or not Tiny Houses are a goo...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...compact design and re-purposing of materials. It's just that in our opinion, this is a housing solution better suited to climates that are a bit more forgiving ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, r...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...compact architectural design Ergonomic design Universal access Warm and comfortable Naturally lit living room with lake view Vertical hydroponic garde...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...living in dense urban areas will feel it the most, where ambient temperatures can be 5 to 9 degrees Celcius higher. This marked difference is the result of a ...