Energy Star / Guides

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...energy labeling for new homes and resales – similar to the label you’d see stuck to a new appliance - so that homeowners can estimate what the monthly energy bi...

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 ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...energy would be provided by the sun (passive heating and photovoltaic power generation). The remaining 25% of required energy would be provided via a gasoline...

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...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...energy sources. 3. Eat local and get started in urban farming. Buying from food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tast...

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 prod...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...ENERGY STAR gas-fired instantaneous water heaters. The applicable incentive is $250 for a standard model, and $550 for a condensing gas storage model. In summ...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...Energy Star certified windows or better [e.g. Passivhaus] and try to have all the technical data available [ U cog , U frame , Ψ eog ] which should enable the c...

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...