Efficiency / Guides

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...efficiency of LEED Platinum V4 because of the extensive use of mineral wool insulation, a slew of recycled materials and excellent interior air quality, we'd like to think the Edelweiss House by EcoHome is a firm contender. It was after all the first home in Canada to be awarder the Leed Platinum v4 rating, and only th...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...efficiency, indoor air tightness quality, and environmental responsibility in home construction. The Midori Uchi will be a show home for showcasing green home design for approximately one year. Some notable design features of the Midori Uchi: Rammed earth walls (first time in a single family residence in the Lowe...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...efficiency , When you add it all up, the amount of heat generated by appliances and lighting can be like running a baseboard heater all summer long. It all boils down to one thing - the less heat you bring in, the less heat you have to either endure or extract. Pretty simple right? Read more here about how to cho...

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...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...Efficiency Coordinator Denis Boyer who set out to find the ultimate building envelope for one specific climate. The Northern Quebec climate that he chose (or more accurately was presented with by homeowner Alain Hamel) was by no means an easy one. PSI is a design service and home performance recognition program, inte...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...efficiency are determined in part by its rate of absorption, and in part by its emissivity; meaning, not just how much heat it can collect, but how much it will emit (or lose) before it is delivered to its destination. Earlier models had high-absorptance rates in the range of 90-95% (effectiveness to absorb solar rad...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...efficiency of their home. The important thing is for the customer to contact us as soon as possible so that we can together determine the appropriate time to perform the work. For major renovations, that would be once the drywall is installed but before the furniture is brought back in”. Aerobarrier works with any ty...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...efficiency score. And put lids on pots! Your water will boil faster and emit less water vapour, reducing condensation . Central vacuums : Efficient central vacuum systems with hepa filtration certainly have their benefits in terms of convenience, reduced noise, and not ejecting airborne particles into homes. Howeve...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...efficiency. The rate of heat loss through foundation walls also varies between below-grade and the parts above. Over a heating season, there will be much more heat loss through above-grade walls than those below. Therefore, with one wall and two rates of heat transfer, this leaves the dilemma of insulating more tha...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Efficiency (WE) 3.1 Fixture efficiencies: The only prerequisite in this category is that toilets do not consume more than 6.0 litres (or 1.6 gallons) per flush. Dual flush toilets meet these requirements and are easily found and affordably priced. Energy & Atmosphere (EA) 1.1 Performance: Your home must achie...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...efficiency and performance for the same cost as a site-built house. And Le Refuge was designed and optimized to arrive on a flatbed truck fully finished and ready to move in - oozing practicality and high-end finishes and specification without all the hassle of DIY or penny-pinching. Le Refuge is is certainly compact...