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

...and walls that leak heat and moisture. A reasonably-sized house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means 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 a...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave a detailed material list: Draw up a precise list of the necessary materials, with prices and the name of the store where you will get them. Don’t leave material selection to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually availa...

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 to design and build a home for a family of 4 that is fun, comfortable to live in, aesthetically pleasing and would produce all of its own energy. A design parameter we enforced upon ourselves was that all mechanical equipment had to be simple, locally accessible and able to be installed by local trades people. A s...

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

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

...ant to note, any home can be planned and built to Passive House standards, but Passive House Certification is mandatory to call a home "Passive House Certified." Allow us to explain... What are the problems of Passive House in North America? The original Passive House certification program originates in Germany and...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...across the country, so a more local product may be available depending on your location. FabCab offers prefabricated component buildings in four standard sizes starting at 550 square feet perfect as Tiny Houses on foundations rather than wheels, and also offer custom design work. Different packages are available star...

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

DIY radiant floor installation

...at is simply because floors are chronically under-insulated 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 the opposite. You wouldn't say "I don't need to insulate my roof much, because I'll be heating the air i...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...and family, storage, personalization, flexibility, creative spaces, and spaces that replace the single-family garage [gear/tool storage and work space]. The most frequent themes cited in the responses were flexible spaces, natural light and access to nature. Using Watson Analytics, sentiment analysis confirmed that m...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...alls. And the phenomenon of evapotranspiration that plants use to regulate their internal temperature helps to refresh the air. Read more here about vertical 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 shoo...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...aved in heat transfer will be lost through air leakage. • Be careful to select glazing with a high coefficient of visible transmittance [VT] and ensure that glazing on all orientations have a matching colour or tint. A high VT means more daylight is available which can save energy for artificial light and its associa...

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

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

...able. So the ecological impact at source from a hydroelectric station is a lot less damaging than if you were located near a coal-fired electric plant. And since power in Quebec is the cheapest of all the Canadian provinces and a solar panel price would be fairly constant nationally, it also makes less financial sens...

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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...aranteed to come from sustainably-managed forests and offers additional LEED points. Delta 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 walls along with providing room for sheathing to expand without buckli...