Energy efficiency / Guides

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...energy as it consumes. It starts with an energy efficient building envelope, high-quality windows , high-efficiency heating and ventilation systems to keep the overall consumption of the home as low as possible, and then renewable energy sources like roof top solar panels must provide enough power to operate the home. ...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...energy saving renovations and high efficiency heat pumps . Now you know more about Geothermal heating for homes, learn more about sustainable home comfort , energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Home Heati...

High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

...efficiency appliances and electronics gets recouped however frequently or infrequently that they are used. Whatever small appliance and electronic item you are looking at, there is likely at least one brand that is ENERGY STAR certified. Products that are ENERGY STAR certified are known to use significantly less ener...

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...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power production come from increasing the efficiency of the photovoltaic cells; the goal being to increase the watts produced per panel. Joshua M. Pearce, professor of engineering at Michigan Technology University, recently published an article in Green Building Adv...

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 birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...Energy Efficiency, with Germany on the Top. What's more, this dismal report showed the U.S. outperformed only three of the world's largest economies on energy efficiency—Russia, Brazil and Mexico. North America please "Get" Passive House ASAP Holding back any meaningful change are those spreading the myth that th...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, by investing in insulation instead of heat generation. Energy efficiency: When you rely on an array of solar panels to power your home there is an even stronger motivation to design for reduced consumption. Energy efficient appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water r...

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...

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

...energy drain in a home after heating . so Air-to-water heat pump water heaters are potentially a big energy saver, particularly when the main heat source in a home is an air source heat pump, as the water heater can in effect 'borrow' the efficiency of that heat pump, which on average is about 3 times more efficient th...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...efficiency cannot be tested to the same standards as other heat recovery ventilators. This is one of the points of quantifying the actual energy efficiency of the product. The current efficiency of the product is tested according to European standard (DIN 308 / DIBt protocol) and it would be beneficial to establish the...