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Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...cost $250,000 to complete and cost about 15% over market value, this house will be more than worth the cost when you see (or don’t see) your bills at the end of the month. Update: When we first posted this story they had yet to break ground, but it is well on the way now. Check out their blog to see where its at now....

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...Cost comparison: CIRS cost 25 per cent more than an equivalent LEED Gold building, which is standard at UBC. The university is projected to recoup the extra cost in 25 years or less through reduced operation, maintenance and energy costs –and reap significant cost savings over the building’s project 100-year lifespan. ...

High efficiency appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

Even when sitting idle, almost all TVs, computers and stereos etc., will still be using power. So any added cost for high efficiency appliances and electronics gets recouped however frequently or infrequently that they are used. Whatever small appliance and electronic item you are looking at, there is likely at leas...

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...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...cost and the lifespan of mechanical equipment. Worth noting that noisy baseboard heaters can be fixed, whether electric or water heated , so don't let this irritating trait put you off them. One advantage to hydronic heating systems is the ability to convert to thermal solar in the future. Solar water heating is much...

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...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...cost of window replacement purely for saving money actually translate into more money in your pocket, as the cost of purchasing and installing windows usually far exceeds the added energy savings. Read more here about when to replace windows and when to repair them. Windows are without a doubt where most of the heat ...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...cost of solar technologies has dropped by 70% over the last seven years, and the introduction of solar glitter may help that trend continue. Such a product will be easier and quicker to install on rooftops than a typical bulky solar panel. But beyond fixed building applications, the strength and flexibility opens up ...

Wind farm
Wind power

Storing power from wind farms

...cost estimates have not been released. Excess power will be able to be sold off to other nations such as the UK, which will be able to connect directly to it under the sea. At present over half of Belgium's power supply comes from nuclear energy, which they hope to have weaned themselves from completely by the year 2...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...cost of putting up a gabion wall rather than randomly pouring stone in with a mini excavator, it's still considerably more affordable than concrete or rammed earth walls. GABION WALL (LOOSE) COST( $) DRY STONE WALL COST( $) CONCRETE WALL COST($) H = 3 Ft 100 H = 3 Ft 140 ...

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?

...cost advantage. Home size is another important variable, particularly with ground source. The upfront cost of a GSHP becomes increasingly cost effective when servicing a larger conditioned space as that cost becomes a lower percentage of the total building budget. Also, cutting a big bill in half saves you more money...