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Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction. To help Canadians save more on their monthly energy bills, the Government also plans to make ENERGY STAR certified appliances mandatory for all new home appliances beginning in 2022. To help make large commercial buildings more energy efficient, the govern...

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

...energy 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...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...Star-rated buildings produce 62 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard constructions and use 66 per cent less electricity. Meanwhile, around 51 per cent less potable water is used compared to an average Australian building and less waste ends up in landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings a...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...energy bills all year round? It is very important to understand that choosing the wrong windows will work against any effort and investment you've made to improve your energy efficiency by beefing up insulation. To illustrate this point, let’s imagine that a home has about 1,800 sq. ft. of walls which are insulated t...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Energy Star labelled home in Canada. This home was built with dense-packed (or dense-blown) cellulose as the wall insulation of choice. Their intent was to produce a better built home with the goal of creating "a proper balance between additional efficiency and price such that it would be attractive to future clients"....

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?

...Energy. A hyper-efficient house such as this could be fitted with solar PV panels and can save enough energy to offset the energy needed for charging the best electric cars , which can reduce an individuals personal carbon footprint by as much as 90% Chosen EV Charger Brand : Rematek energy charging station for ele...

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?

...Energy. A hyper-efficient house such as this could be fitted with solar PV panels and can save enough energy to offset the energy needed for charging the best electric cars , which can reduce an individuals personal carbon footprint by as much as 90% Chosen EV Charger Brand : Rematek energy charging station for ele...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...energy collection A successful strategy to power a home with solar energy begins like the water system, with the core principle of first reducing demand. To that end, the appliances and systems of this house were designed and chosen for their reduced operational demand of energy. On the roof are eight photovoltaic ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...energy and operating energy with the S1600, which showed embodied energy as a small fraction of the total footprint, and compared that to the embodied energy in homes built to code, was about half, as seen in the chart below. Percentage of embodied energy compared to total lifespan operational energy required of th...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. He has presented energy efficiency and sustainability strategies to audiences around the world.

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

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

...ENERGY STAR approved appliances and other electronics of today use just a fraction of the power of their predecessors. Put all of these trends together, and it is now possible to use all off-the-shelf products from standard stores, as long as the most efficient of available options are chosen. The one thing that is...