Efficient home heating / Guides

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...home a heat pump could provide all the heat and comfort you need, but in a house built to code you may need a backup. So as a homeowner and builder, this is where you will need to decide between investing in insulation or an additional heating system. Either way, heat pumps are definitely a very efficient heating and c...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...home heating, learn more about sustainable home comfort, energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery options - wh...

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

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Heating: Each Belgravia Green home will have a completely different heating system. One home will have geothermal heating, which requires a slightly higher initial investment but runs at approximately 250% efficiency. Electric baseboard heaters will heat another home, are 100% efficient and require a low initia...

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

...efficient the air heating system is, the more efficient the hot water heater will be. That's why you get the most out of it when you pair it with an air source heat pump, because they are a very efficient heat source when combined. Heat pump water heaters are less beneficial in homes that heat with gas, oil or electr...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...heating , so reducing heat requirements is the best way to reduce operational costs. *We say almost always, but as an example, the Ecohome Edelweiss House uses less energy for heat than most homes use for domestic hot water. Learn about the efficient heating strategies here. A house with 60% of its windows facing s...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...Efficient design, durability, air quality and natural lighting are cornerstones of both sustainable housing and good quality of life. Automated home systems like those found in both Beachaus homes can be more than just cool toys, they can optimize the performance of your home. Having an Ipad control centre that allow...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Homes - 10 Tips Energy audits help identify easy home energy efficient upgrades that can save money. What is home energy modelling? Home energy modeling is conducted prior to building to anticipate future energy costs . It is also called home energy modelling sometimes, depending on how much you like L’s ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...home with a reference home of similar size in a similar climate. Typical Energuide ratings: 0 to 50 Older homes, very poor performance 51 to 65 Older homes that have had upgrades 66 to 74 Homes built to provincial building codes 75 to 79 Energy efficient new homes 8 0 to 90 New homes built for extremely hig...

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

...homeowners when their children and their families live in the home. Education and information sharing: We have opened up the home to the public annually since 2015 for the Ecosolar home tour; so far over 800 people have viewed the home. This annual tour shows Edmonton’s most energy efficient homes and is run by volun...

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

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

...efficient home , in the sense that the heating and cooling is largely passive. To achieve this, homes have to be designed to take advantage of the free heat available from the sun, and heavily fortified with insulation to hang onto that precious heat. Passive cooling comes from the insulation as well, in that not onl...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...homes built to meet code, and ones that perform several times better, and better is often cheaper. A bit cheaper in the short term, much cheaper in the long run. Source: A 2013 Ecohome feasibility study and implementation plan for green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseb...