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MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...EnerGuide score”, says Kyle Anders, Sustainable Design Specialist at Mindscape Innovations. By improving EnerGuide literacy among builders and homeowners, as well as reducing the time needed by CEAs to complete an evaluation, MIBOP is helping increase market acceptance and uptake of home energy performance, and makin...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...EnerGuide audit, and homes built to city building bylaws would be expected to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 80 or better. Blower door test © Ecohome Part of that audit is a blower door test which involves sealing your home, and with a fan in the doorway blowing out, the home is depressurized. This allows build...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...EnerGuide: Run by the Canadian government, EnerGuide is an energy consumption index that evaluates not only appliances and heating / cooling equipment, but also new and existing homes. Many other rating systems reference EnerGuide to grade homes. It's based on a 0 to 100 point scale, zero being the least energy effic...

High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

...EnerGuide label that will list the estimated consumption in Kilowatt hours and dollars. Take a moment and do the math between models, considering the expected lifespan of the item and its estimated annual consumption. You will probably find that any added cost for more efficient ones will be easily regained through ene...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...EnerGuide rating possible for a home that is not net-zero, a considerable achievement on such a small budget. By incorporating emerging technologies and innovative construction methodologies, a fundamental step towards a more affordable, efficient, and functional system of residential architecture has been realized i...

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

...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 demonstrate foundation failure, continuous sewer backups, and the need for a complete mechanical overhaul. When considering the c...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

From the Natural Resources Canada website: Overview: The R-2000 Net Zero Energy pilot aims to recognize the builders and homes reaching net zero energy performance in Canada, and to pilot the next generation of NRCan’s R-2000 Standard and EnerGuide Rating System in net zero energy applications. Drawing on NRCan’...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...EnerGuide) 76 or HERS (Home Energy Rating System) 80. This will be determined during the compulsory energy rating blower door test. 11.1 Refrigerant charge test: If your home has an air conditioning system with refrigerants, provide proof of a proper refrigerant charge of the system. Materials & Resources (MR) ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...Energuide rating of 90, and achieved the first LEED for Homes Platinum Rating in the Greater Toronto Area. It is currently a subject of post occupancy evaluation by Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science. All images courtesy of William Dewson Architects © ...

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

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

...EnerGuide lists as a 269 kWh/year expected power usage. We generally only run it when it's full, and it requires approximately 1 kWh per load of dishes washed when run on 'eco' mode. Clothes washer We chose a high efficiency front-loading washer, again by Kenmore. This is one of the more efficient models availabl...

Real estate

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

...EnerGuide rating wherever possible; Look for ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and SmartSense appliances (low water consumption). Improve the overall energy 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 i...