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...

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...

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...

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...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...anadian provinces and a solar panel price would be fairly constant nationally, it also makes less financial sense for someone in Quebec to install a solar panel...

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...

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

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

...a simply designed yet elegant Scandanavian feel, passively heated slab-on-grade rancher capable of housing a family of 4 comfortably in a sustainably sized home...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...age from all sources (rain, condensation, snow and ice) as well as power outages and earthquakes. Features: Autonomous water (well water and rainwater har...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...a Vent SA exterior air barrier © Ecohome 2. Sheathing was installed leaving a 1/8th inch gap at the seams to provide additional drying capability of the wal...