Designing a green home / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...ans less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are always...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...as that all mechanical equipment had to be simple, locally accessible and able to be installed by local trades people. A secondary suite was integrated into t...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...a net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance ho...

Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ast minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually available at the average big bo...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...at the heating and cooling is largely passive. To achieve this, homes have to be designed to take advantage of the free heat available from the sun, and heavily...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...ated and any addition to that can be a foreign concept to lot of builders. Having a heated floor is not an argument against greater insulation, it is actually...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...at was both environmentally responsible and local. Also, wood pellets are an inexpensive way to heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...aluable green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by designing...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...al energy consumed by humans. A passive solar house is simply one that has been designed to take advantage of that. Passive solar heating is yet another green...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...and multi-family towers have been a prevalent part of the urban landscape for decades. Not so long ago, the dream of a detached home began to disappear for many...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...al gardens and living green walls inside homes. Heat pump water heaters help cool a home as they extract heat from the air to generate hot water . Rather than...

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