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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...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...energy consumption make it a worthwhile investment. On the negative side, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury vapour, and are actually considered hazardous waste when disposed of. While the energy efficiency compared to incandescent bulbs is substantial, it’s hard to ignore the health risks. If you are using them, tr...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...Energy NZE Homes or Zero Net Energy Houses & Buildings, see HERE from EcoHome, North America's favorite Green Building website Zero Net Energy home minimalist interior design © bioi Zero Energy Home Kitchen design © bioi About bioi Bioi is a small design studio base...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Energy audits help identify easy home energy efficient upgrades that can save money. What is home energy modelling? Home energy modeling is conducted prior to building to anticipate future energy costs . It is also called home energy modelling sometimes, depend...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...Energy Transparency Coalition applauds the Ontario government for taking a bold step in the fight against climate change. About the Home Energy Transparency Coalition: The Home Energy Transparency Coalition comprises the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Ontario Home Builders Association, Clean Economy Alliance,...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...Energy website is championed by Lumos Energy, Clean Energy Advisor and Mentor to Indigenous communities across Canada. Lumos Energy brings extensive experience and innovative strategies to clean energy project development generating a suite of social and economic benefits for Indigenous communities and peoples. We are ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...Energy efficient new homes 8 0 to 90 New homes built for extremely high performance and energy efficiency 91 to 100 Homes that use little or no energy at all Novoclimat (Quebec only): A Government of Quebec program to encourage energy efficiency in new home construction. A Novoclimat home uses 25% less energy t...

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 jamming insulation into every crack and corner for show, be sure it's done properly. Read about easy home upgrades for energy efficiency. Healthy kitchen upgra...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...energy? Build more efficient homes For more info on how to build an energy efficient home , or perhaps build an off-grid home , or even how to build an off-grid Tiny Home , check out our building guide pages , or use our Edelweiss House as an example of what is possible when you design for optimum energy efficiency f...

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

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...energy conservation measures that go beyond those mandated by regular building codes, significantly reducing operating costs, energy use and environmental impact . The net zero homes program supplements the existing Energy Star and R-2000 certifications, encouraging developers and builders of single-family houses and...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy
Micro-hydroelectric

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...energy that can be harnessed from moving water is leading to some impressive technological advances. The latest is from Lucid Energy, which has developed a pipe section with a 5-blade turbine that can be installed in water mains when replacing old leaking pipes. As explained on the Lucid Energy website , " The hy...