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Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...energy efficiency’ argument. Overall performance of Solariums: The idea that a solarium will heat the interior of the building in winter and reduce its energy consumption unfortunately does not seem to materialize in all but the warmest regions of Canada, like Southern Ontario and perhaps the sunnier regions of coa...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...energy 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...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...energy and operating energy If you consider the useful life of a building, about half of its carbon footprint comes from grey energy – or embodied carbon, and the other half comes from operating energy. The grey energy consumed during the construction phase causes a one-off embodied carbon emission: when the building...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips ...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...efficiency front-loading machines, but cannot be used in any machine that combines the wash and dry cycle. And they’re suitable for all types of fabrics, even delicate fabrics like silk and wool. The manufacturer recommends washing in cold water (hot water could damage the ball) and states that no additional laundry ...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

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

...efficiency improvements becoming mandatory - but this is happening everywhere across North America. *International Energy Conservation Code Building better homes is a smart idea While is it is essential to know your climate zone and build homes that are durable enough to withstand the challenges it will face , we...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...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 Pumps: Gr...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...energy consumption within ideal parameters. Positive and negative air pressure: Neither positive nor negative air pressure in a home is good, as either puts pressure on the building envelope that promotes air leakage and they will each have different effects and impacts depending on the season, the temperatures and...

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 ...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...energy, but when in a room at normal uniform temperature we get back about 50 W of energy, resulting in a net loss of about 100 W. The net loss you experience will vary depending on the thermal performance of the home . If you have cold walls and windows, heat radiating from your body will help warm them at the expense...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...efficiency MERV filters. André Fauteux, publisher of the Quebec magazine La Maison du 21e siècle spoke with former NASA researcher BC Wolverton, who was involved with the initial study, and who acknowledged that - “reducing pollutants at the source and ventilation have a greater depolluting impact on air quality than...