Cooling / Guides

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...cooling, domestic hot water and any renewable energy generation features. Given that this is where the energy performance of your home is determined, it is also where the greatest amount of points can be achieved. Materials & Resources (16 points) During both construction and operation, buildings generate a lot of ...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...cooling needs) and increasingly become a durability nightmare the further north you go. Before listing off the problems, let me first say that I love skylights. I love natural light in general, and given the amount of time humans spend indoors I welcome features that make you feel a bit more like you are outdoors; sk...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...cooling costs Cause moisture damage in walls Allow pollutants and debris to collect in wall interiors provide openings for insects and rodents to enter Carelessly installing your choice of air barrier products pretty much ensures that you won't have one, as there are few aspects to building enclosures that ar...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help

Ventilation & air exchangers

...cooling loads, but allows for smaller equipment. Additionally, ERV systems allow for maintaining the ideal relative humidity of 40% to 50% in indoor home environments. This range can be maintained under more or less all conditions with the only energy penalty being the electric for the blower to overcome the pressure d...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...cooling in the summer. This can be accomplished with roof overhangs, awnings, interior reflective blinds or deciduous trees that offer summer shade, but lose their leaves and allow winter exposure. Windows should be designed and positioned for maximum exposure to the sun December 21, and fully shaded June 21. Pro...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...cooling costs Tips to keep your home air quality clean and safe during renovations Find out about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...cooling costs in winter while ensuring comfort in summer; avoid a glazed roof, and opt for a light-coloured exterior structure that will reflect light with a dark colored interior area exposed to the sun for maximum winter heat gain. Solariums conclusion: It simply cannot be denied that on its own with no climate c...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...cooling, of the metal components of the baseboards. What many people don’t realize either in the most basic versions of electric heaters, is that the thermostat doesn’t actually control the temperature of the baseboard heater. The role of the thermostat is to dictate when they turn on and off based on the temperature...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...cooling and ventilation equipment , to name a few. Thermal comfort = efficiency and durability: The less heat that is lost through the building enclosure, the warmer it will be, and less heat will be lost from your body to the walls and windows. As warm, humid indoor air comes in contact with cold windows in wi...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...cooling to modern Passive House home building . Because let's get one thing straight - Passive Solar heating and cooling as a concept has been around for thousands of years . When early man was cold and it was sunny out he sat in the sun, when he was cold and it was overcast he sought shelter and lit a fire, unless of ...

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

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

...cooling cleaner and better for the environment? The electricity needed to heat or cool a house is only as clean as the source, if we look at the short term. So if the region where a home is located is powered by renewable energy, or that this is a choice the consumer can specifically opt for, electricity would then b...