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Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

How well does a heat pump work in a LEED or Passive House certified home? Really well as it happens, see a great example of a split system heatpump installation in the Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Home below: The Edelweiss House has a radiant floor to keep our feet comfortable but we rely on a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim du...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...cost in as well. Lifespan and cost: It will last 50 years if installed properly; the cost is slightly more than an extensive green roof and offers similar energy savings. DIY Green roof step-by-step video guide 7. Fascia and soffit: Metal soffit and fascia © Kaycan Fascia and soffit have more to do wi...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...cost, so they bear some examining. How much more does a green kitchen cost?: Here is an example of a kitchen built the 'old' way, costing the client $14,900 before the countertop and before taxes. For the same kitchen built the 'green' way, the cost to the client would be $16,250, an increase of only $1,350, or 9.1...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...costs are 50% lower than an R2000 home Results like we are seeing here go a long way to dispelling the myth that building green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yukon. © Forest Pearson ...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...costs more to build, but that's only half the equation. It also costs less to run, and added building costs can be instantly offset by savings in heating bills. So there is actually more money in your jeans at the end of every month, starting immediately, and tons waiting for you at the end of your mortgage. Our engi...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...cost EV charging at home: Even in areas with higher electricity rates, the cost of charging an electric car is still much more affordable than the cost of fuel a gas-powered car. And if you live in an area with variable power rates, you can still keep your costs down without much effort by charging at times during th...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...cost: A green roof will end up being more expensive to install than most other roofing products , but their durability makes them more affordable in the long run. By the time you have done a second round of asphalt shingles, the cost starts to even out. Expect at least a 50 year lifespan (and likely more) from a prop...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...cost $150.00 per sq. ft. to construct. The increase in cost to achieve Passive House energy efficiency over Canadian Building Code energy efficiency was 15%. With similar custom features a code-built house in Fredericton would have cost $130.00 per sq. ft. Operational costs for this Passive House design: The Naugle...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...costs nothing to take the first step towards 'passive heating and cooling design which is just to think about it and in some capacity factor it in to your build. For new home construction, people are often concerned about the added money it will cost to increase the amount of insulation in a new build or renovation. ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance homes seem to cost between 5 and 15% more. But when you factor in reduced energy costs, payback on that additional investment might be...

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

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

...cost. The question then turns to the fuel source. What will it cost to heat with natural gas in the future? There is already reason for concern for those that heat their homes with fossil fuels, due to supply and demand issues in some areas that has already led to price increases. Despite some obvious areas that ar...