Efficient fixtures / Guides

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

...efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. Strategic decisions: The original home on this property was beginning to de...

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?

...fixtures and fittings can contribute to help improve the sustainability of our homes. Water-efficient fixtures in EcoHome prefab kit homes use only 50% of equivalent new homes in North America High efficiency washing machine Condensing dryer that does not exhaust heat to the outside and avoids the need for a dr...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

How to save money on hot water: We will discuss a number of ways to conserve water, particularly hot water, but all of that starts with using less in the first place! Choosing low flow fixtures and toilets will save a considerable amount of water and money, and probably the quickest and cheapest way to save hot wate...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...efficient in operation than compact fluorescent bulbs and 16 times more efficient than incandescent. I hesitate to even mention price, because by the time I finish this the price could have come down again, and I’m not kidding. At this moment, to replace a 60 watt bulb you will likely pay between $15 and $20, though ...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...efficient of available options are chosen. The one thing that is difficult to do with electricity in an off-grid home is heating. Whether it be home heating, water heating, the kitchen range, clothes dryer, all of these are energy hogs and are not affordable in today's off-grid home. In our case, we use propane to do...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...efficient active systems, such as in-floor radiant heating , high-velocity cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key sustainable strategy was the decision not to increase the footprint of the house and to maintain the existing exterior brick walls while a...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...efficient fixtures , grey water recycling , water saving showerheads and all about green home building at North America's free green building website, Ecohome . Text availablalikee under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, unless otherwise noted.

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...fixtures and fittings can contribute to help improve the sustainability of our homes. Water-efficient fixtures in EcoHome prefab kit homes use only 50% of equivalent new homes in North America High efficiency washing machine Condensing dryer that does not exhaust heat to the outside and avoids the need for a dr...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...efficient, not very sensible, but if they fill your heart with joy then we encourage you to live your dream. Help save the spider population by building a crawlspace What’s more durable, a slab on grade or a crawlspace? If you read anywhere online that they are comparable in terms of durability or functional ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...efficient options for heating . Some of the Eco-friendly features in the Edelweiss LEED V4 Platinum home (included in the build cost) : Low-flow plumbing fixtures that help the house use about 60% less water than a conventional home Zero-energy high performance septic waste-water treatment system Reclaimed an...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...efficient and environmentally responsible products. Through economies of scale, consumer demand makes these options more accessible and affordable. FSC Certified wood © elementalbuilding.com RONA for example is a Canadian-owned company that has made a commitment to offer only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) ...