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Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

Standard solar panels are rigid, relatively heavy and fragile. A new product on the market called Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) from mPower Technology may change that. The cells in these pliable sheets are made from high-efficiency silicon, and if one cell is damaged or loses power, the rest will continu...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...efficiency in new homes resulting in homes that are at least 20% more efficient than homes built to provincial building codes alone. ENERGY STAR is most commonly known for its evaluation of energy efficient appliances, fixtures, windows and doors . Any products carrying ENERGY STAR label are certified to be a high ef...

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

Hydronic heating

...efficiency of heat generation isn't as much an issue as installation 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 t...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...efficiency © Falcon Ridge Contracting The main floor living space of this zero energy home is open-concept to maximize daylight and the ocean view, while patios and decks are strategically placed to optimize views, provide shelter and maximize privacy. The house is rectangular in plan, with the longer north...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...efficiency cannot be tested to the same standards as other heat recovery ventilators. This is one of the points of quantifying the actual energy efficiency of the product. The current efficiency of the product is tested according to European standard (DIN 308 / DIBt protocol) and it would be beneficial to establish the...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

Pre-fab homes are a very credible option for high performance home construction. When it comes to high efficiency sustainable housing , until recently prefab homes didn't even show up on the radar. A few companies in recent years have taken huge steps to change that, notably with the recent completion of the Beach...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy
Micro-hydroelectric

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...efficiency and power generation without interrupting the flow of water. As velocities increase, power production increases. Due to the lift-based design of LucidPipe, the system generates power across a very wide range of flow conditions, volumes and velocities". Riverside, California has been a test site for the Luc...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...efficiency was actually above the average, and their brightness and available colour selection were also comparable. Lastly on the topic of price, that study was done many years ago, and as LEDs have become more mainstream, they have already closed the gap significantly with incandescent bulbs. Finding LED bulbs: ...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...efficiency advantage; 2) In colder climates such as most of Canada, the heating demand of a home tends to be much higher than the cooling demand. So much so that in moderately insulated homes it can be impractical to have a heat pump as the sole source of heat. Generally speaking, in colder climates, it is usually re...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy someone else's energy pig, so investing in durable energy-efficient upgrades is wise. Don't just start jamming insulation into every crack and corner for show, be sure it's done properly. Read about easy home upgrades for energy efficiency. Healthy kitchen upgrades: Th...