Concepts design / Guides

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...design and forest gardening, taking in the general concepts of Permaculture can help tremendously. An edible forest can feature a number of natural layers. Fruit and nut bearing trees can create a canopy, dwarf trees shrubs and vines can create a natural under layer and be followed by low growing plants and ground co...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...design optimal surface colours [i.e. reflectance] and insulation combinations to minimize building energy consumption, though increased insulation will probably be the best option in most cases. The Big Picture: Energy While insulation R-values are important, what really matters is energy consumption. To assess the...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...Concepts and over 100 Features that address behavior, design and operations. “The Canada Green Building Council is excited to be working with GBCI, our long-standing partner, to bring the WELL Building Standard to Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “We have made a ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...design principles to take advantage of that free energy source, the sun. I also discovered the Passive House movement coming out of Europe, which looks to drastically reduce overall energy use through such things as super-insulation and extremely airtight buildings. Interior design concepts: For any of you who are ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...design home built in the 1970's in Saskatchewan by a team led by Harold Orr, designer of the first modern Passive House that worked , who recently won the Order of Canada for his achievements with Passive Solar design , air-tightness for homes and energy-efficient houses . We at EcoHome salute you Mr Orr, thank you! ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...designs right now. Just because North American building codes likely won't recognize that for another 30 years isn't a reason to ignore facts - when building a new home today, we should be building better homes, using proven techniques and materials and insisting on better value for money from our hard-earned dollars. ...