Energy Saving / Guides

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Energy homes The higher cost of energy combined with an increasing awareness of the global climate crisis is a driving force behind the trend towards more energy-efficient home construction . And Zero Net Energy home construction is a trend that is quickly taking off; read more here about the Canadian Zero Net Energy...

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...saving energy & money here . From the EcoHome Green Building Guides as well as how to save energy on swimming pool running costs and hot tub operation here. Safety and municipal laws: Like any swimming pool, natural pools can be a potential safety hazard and may be subject to municipal regulations. Before undertaki...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of pu...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier that was available in the past, drawing in endless fresh air and removing moisture. We just kept pumping in energy to replace the heat that was escaping in every direction and all was well in the world - or so we thought, before we knew better. Also, a home's interior walls were finished with real plaster in t...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work required to move that heat. The COP of an average residential heat pump is usually somewhere around 3, which means that for every one unit of energy you put into the system, 3 units are transferred. When you compare that to an electric baseboard heater, which has a COP of 1 (every unit of energy you put into you...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...saving energy, money & carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated radiant floor form kits for Passive House, LEED & Zero Net Energy Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pu...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall efficient homes has brought that wall system back to the category of average. An excellent long term money saving investment would be to look at thicker SIPS, moving to a 2x8 or 2x10 frame instead of 2x6, offering you a chance at either 2 or 4 additional inches of foam. The relatively small increase in cost wi...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray savings that would be impossible to achieve through conventional air-sealing techniques. According to Patrick Rouleau, "this is a great technique for someone who wants to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The important thing is for the customer to contact us as soon as possible so that we can togeth...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup? Your local electricity rates weighed against the 'per kilowatt hour' rates for installing home PV systems is really what will determine the value and payback period; but system prices, product quality and warranties keep making PV solar panel systems more enticing and competitive. A solar contractor will have...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates performance. It also leads to the use of spray polyethylene foam since it has a higher R value per inch, and while spray foam works well, the problem is that most brands of spray foam insulation have high greenhouse gas emissions. Read here about how to find more environmentally-friendly spray foam with lower em...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, preferably via an HRV or ERV unit to control the energy losses from essential ventilation . You can read more about Air Permeability of homes here , but to put it sim...