Efficiency / Guides

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...efficiency, but to ensure sustainability also meets rigorous environmental standards to provide a high efficiency home with a low environmental footprint, along with a comfortable and healthy non-toxic indoor air quality & environment for the home-owners and their families. Below is a list of the sustainable & high-p...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...efficiency is your goal and you want to build with a significantly higher R-value than building to code, CFI is a particularly great option as it allows you to build a much larger wall cavity with no additional effort. A high efficiency wall design would be to build a double wall with a 10"+ cavity and at least 2" of...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

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

...efficiency and performance of the house. In short, all this made me very proud of my company ". LEED Platinum prefab kit home © Roman Szumski In this interview with Ecohome's French counterpart (and LEED provider) Evaluations Ecohabitation , Roman Szumski shared his goals and design choices, highlighting the in...

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

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

...efficiency if proven to be cost efficient. Assemble a team of highly skilled journeyman trades craftsmen and women that appreciate the value of doing it right and want to participate. Work with suppliers in achieving our budget while maximizing awareness of how we selected their products in regards to merit and cos...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...efficiency are addressed, it will become more important to consider the finer points of insulation product and assembly performance as these considerations can impact the energy performance of buildings. Lorne Ricketts is a Building Science Engineer [EIT] with RDH Building Engineering Ltd. and has significant exper...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...efficiency of the keyhole garden is also supported by their natural resistance to drought, as moisture is delivered alongside nutrients as the organic matter layered into the bed breaks down. All of this also amounts to less time being needed to maintain the garden throughout the growing season. Mix a keyhole garden wi...

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?

Mitigating climate change at home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change , improving home energy efficiency and decentralising power generation is something we can do to reduce our personal energy consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power a...

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

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...efficiency wood burning fireplace. All recyclable materials were hand sorted and brought to a recycling depot. New high performance building materials : Fibreglass-framed windows All MDF (medium density fiberboard) materials in the home are formaldehyde-free Low-VOC paints FSC Certified engineered hardwood ...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...efficiency standards of today, so maintaining a lower constant temperature during the day did in fact save a lot of energy, and for the following reason: The rate of heat loss increases as the temperature differential between two environments increases, and it does so in something of a bell curve. This applies to som...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...efficiency heating system High-efficiency air cooling system or no air cooling system Good quality attic insulation ENERGY STAR® qualified windows installed with no cracks or air gaps ENERGY STAR qualified hot water system or solar or tankless hot water system ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air...