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Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...cooling, and interior plug loads should add up to about $507 ($385 USD) Even if the owners drove the 33 km to Ottawa every day for work in an electric vehicle, using the incorporated charging station at the house, that would bring total energy consumption to about $2.30 per day ($1.75 USD). Edelweiss House was desi...

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 ...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...Cooling factor in areas of lower night-time temperatures Heat pump pool heaters are rated by Btu output and horsepower (hp). Standard sizes include 3.5 hp/75,000 Btu, 5 hp/100,000 Btu, and 6 hp/125,000 Btu. To calculate heater size for an outdoor swimming pool , follow these steps to give an approximate required ra...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...cooling towers, and other innovative approaches to reducing on-site water use is something already being done in Germany, Australia, and many other European countries. Improved water conservation and wastewater treatment regulations are something that has significantly changed in recent years in Europe and new green ...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...cooling. An all-in-one product for home renovation that provides the insulation, air barrier plus vapor barrier is, at least superficially, a very appealing product. A lot of the discussion we’ve seen online this year is about how good spray foam insulation works, and how ‘sustainable’ it is. The ‘greening’ happened ...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

First published in ecoHouse Canada The thermal performance of wall assemblies and insulation products has long been characterized using R-value, a metric which describes thermal resistance. While R-value is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story about heat flow through building enclosures such as walls and roofs. ...

ICF Block Construction - The Definitive History of ICFs from 1932 to 2022 © R j
Concrete and masonry

The definitive history of ICF blocks and ICF construction

...cooling costs by about one-third. The History of ICFs in Construction Timeline 1932 Dutch Patent Registered for the first Insulating Concrete Forms or ICF Blocks for use in construction. 1937 the first ICF Block called Durisol was developed made from a mixture of treated wood fibers and Portland cement in Belgium...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...cooling air becomes unable to hold as much moisture, it condenses. So, at it's simplest, condensation on windows is the result of relatively warmer and humid air meeting a cold surface - but this is on a sliding scale. To look at this in a scientific way, let's use some information from the Passive House Institute ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

Passive House construction on Vancouver Island Building the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, a duplex shared with our son Mark’s family, convinced us that the market in Victoria was ready for Passive House market condominiums. To follow through, we built the North Park Passive house, a six-unit urb...

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

WATCH MORE VIDEOs about passive solar home design & construction here This is the first in a series of videos on passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool wi...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...cooling system or no air cooling system Good quality attic insulation ENERGY STAR® qualified windows installed with no cracks or air gaps ENERGY STAR qualified hot water system or solar or tankless hot water system ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air gaps At least three ENERGY STAR certified ene...