Energy efficiency building envelopes / Guides

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...buildings should effectively be offset by long-term energy efficiency and lower utility bills. For part 9 buildings (smaller mixed-use homes and commercial buildings), energy modelling for the lower steps should cost in the area of $600. But that energy modelling cost may uncover savings in the form of a more optimal...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a step further by removing as many obstacles as they can to make pursuing high performance building certifications easier. The process of attaining...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Energy & Atmosphere (38 points) Our homes are an enormous consumer of energy. This LEED category aims to reduce overall operational consumption through better building envelopes (insulation, doors and windows) and more efficient appliances and fixtures. Certification requires a blower door test where homes are depr...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...energy and money then at least they are probably happier, and that's a good thing too. If building design prioritized thermal comfort for occupants, it is likely we would see a lot more radiant heating, and certainly better building envelopes. If you are custom building a new home, your best chance for a comfortable ...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...building envelopes are optimised for home building professionals or homeowners by Passive House & LEED trained engineers to provide a clear sense of how their homes will perform, and where improvements are best made to save money and energy - a balanced approach to building better homes accessible to all. A typical hom...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building envelopes for you to choose from; to learn more about Choosing the Best Insulation , Choosing Between a Slab on Grade or Foundation and Basement , or to find Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale , visit the Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome, North America’s Trusted Green Building Website.

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Energy Home when suitably specified. High-performance building envelopes built carefully with healthy materials: the best of prefabricated homes by Bâtiment Pré-Fab & Studio MMA Imagine for a moment buying a new car where it was up to the buyer to research and decide on every component, then have it delivered in co...

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 ...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

Insulation slows the rate of heat transfer, helping keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy for heating and cooling, and in some respects, how durable it will be. The transfer of heat (or heat loss) o...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...Building codes and thermal bridges: It is not only sensible to address thermal bridging in construction, it is becoming law. Recent revisions to building codes have increased the thermal requirements of building enclosures in many regions, including requiring a thermal break. Contrary to common assumptions, t...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...building codes might save you money not only in the future, but immediately . The purchase and installation of greater levels of insulation will increase building costs and your mortgage payment every month, but that can often be offset entirely when you are rewarded with lower utility bills. Meaning, your monthly expe...