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60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...house with a bike idea debunked then? So, if the price was right, would you use a bicycle generator? By all means let us know, and we do fully expect there to be a few nay-sayers to this idea, as it would be very difficult to power a standard North American code-built house with one given the way we devour energy in ...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...Edelweiss House or visit Dekton . Recycled quartz counter tops are very resistant and sustainable © Dekton Composite paper kitchen counters Yeah, we know that’s a hard one to figure at first; paper is not something you think of when looking for durable kitchen counters, but it works....

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...house down to a single number, many efficiency experts use the HERS rating . This is an evaluation of how much energy the modeled house uses as compared to a house that just meets the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. Climate and house size are controlled so as to be better about comparing apples to apples. ...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...Edelweiss House , the first LEED v4 Platinum in Canada, and having built it off the beaten path we included an EV charging station to lighten the added impact of its location. We've calculated that a 66 km a day commute in an electric vehicle would run about 91 cents , powered by Quebec's renewable hydroelectric power....

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...House, the rest can be found on the RDI website Ecohome's Kenogami House in northern Quebec was described by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute based in Brattleboro, Vermont, as " The most resilient house in North America. " ***

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum Home which has exceptional air quality. To ensure toxins were kept to a minimum we used Natura zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded. Some paint companies will offer zero VOC paint but neglect to tell you that the...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...house insulated with foam panels that has a propane-powered clothes dryer, cook stove and water heater. Here is how Mike Reynolds described that very house in the Calgary Herald- “ Canada is tremendously interested in this kind of a building ,” he said. “A building that does everything for itself, totally off of ever...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...Edelweiss LEED Platinum certified house project. Eligibility for LEED points for certified lumber In order to achieve a LEED point, the user must verify that: 100% of the forest products are from legal (noncontroversial) sources. 70% are from responsible sources. The remainder must be certified sources as e...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...house gas emissions , national energy and water consumption and waste diversion. The results were compelling: A 312,006 C02e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 58,980 cars off the roads for a year. Energy savings of 1,600,321 eMWh, enough to power 54,307 homes in Canada for a full...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

DIY Green Roof Installation The following DIY green roof video shows the steps needed to ensure your green roof will not leak. Watch more Green Building Guide videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building material used for roofing in North America is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...House continues to act as a laboratory for resilient, cold climate building practices. Through software energy modeling it was determined that the Kenogami House would likely require 14.6 kWh of heat per square metre per year, but its actual performance seems to be even better. What we have learned this first winter ...