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Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...ENERGY STAR for New Homes: ENERGY STAR promotes guidelines for energy efficiency in new homes resulting in homes that are at least 20% more efficient than hom...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...energy use and environmental impact . The net zero homes program supplements the existing Energy Star and R-2000 certifications, encouraging developers and bu...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...ENERGY STAR® qualified windows installed with no cracks or air gaps ENERGY STAR qualified hot water system or solar or tankless hot water system ENERGY STAR...

High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

...ENERGY STAR certified. Products that are ENERGY STAR certified are known to use significantly less energy than their counterparts, often as much as 50%. You m...

Real estate

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

...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 j...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

LED filament bulbs

...energy consumed is still converted into heat, not light. LED is the opposite - about 80-90% of their energy consumption is converted into light, so they emit ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...energy that will be consumed by appliances, electronics and lighting. Read the tags on appliances to see what they consume, and look for those that are ENERGY S...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...Energy star appliances: Energy Star appliances such as washing machines will not be the cheapest to purchase, but at 35% to 50% greater efficiency, they wil...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Renewable energy

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

...Energy Star machine can cut water usage to about 49 litres per load and significantly cut energy usage, but this, the Drumi, will not only wash your clothes wit...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Energy: Annual consumption in Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh per square metre of living space (TFA) Primary Energy: Annual consumption in Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh p...