Energy efficiency / Guides

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...

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...efficiency, energy efficiency, accessibility, etc. It’s basically a sandbox to test and evaluate green building technologies,” said Glenn MacMillan, senior manager of water and energy at TRCA. No one will live in these particular houses, they will serve as research and training facilities only. Hopefully soon, howeve...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations for home optimization

...energy performance, and making home energy efficiency a bigger part of the discussion. Mindscape Innovations is an Ontario-based environmental consulting company that works with builders, developers and product manufacturers to help make their products, services and policies more sustainable. Their software program i...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...energy-efficiency has a multitude of benefits, with the most notable being that you get a more energy-efficient home that saves you money . An energy-efficient home is a more durable home, a durable home lasts longer, requires less maintenance and has a higher resale value. What homeowner wouldn’t applaud their governm...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

Standard solar panels are rigid, relatively heavy and fragile. A new product on the market called Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) from mPower Technology may change that. The cells in these pliable sheets are made from high-efficiency silicon, and if one cell is damaged or loses power, the rest will continu...

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...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air gaps At least three ENERGY STAR certified energy efficient major appliances For more information, visit the BMO . Genworth Canada: With their Energy-Efficient Housing Program, home buyers purchasing an energy-efficient home or making energy saving renovations ar...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...energy refit high-efficiency renovations of existing home walls. It is a popular wall assembly for Passive House Certification as with attention to detail on air sealing it can result in an extremely energy efficient house. The typical design involves a standard code "tried & tested" traditional stick-framed wall w...

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...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...energy has been even further developed in its ability to power houses! Energy itself cannot be created or destroyed, and every time an individual gets on a bike for whatever purpose, they are using their own food energy. So wouldn’t it be great if at the same time they were producing clean energy to help power devices ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills with grants of up to $5,000 to make energy-efficient retrofits to their homes and up to $600 to help with the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation. To help homeowners and build on these measures, the 2021 Federal Budget also proposed $4.4 billion o...