Energy efficiency / Guides

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store ra...

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...

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...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...energy efficient and affordable.” “We’re very excited to see the continued growth of Passive House construction in Whistler,” said Mayor Wilhelm-Morden. “Affordability and energy efficiency are both core to our long-term sustainability strategy in Whistler.” Now you've seen more about The Rainbow Duplex Passive Hou...

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...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...ENERGY STAR certified fridge. Incandescent and halogen bulbs produce far more heat than compact fluorescent or LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of bulbs has also improved, see the new LED filament bulbs here . Cook...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...Energy efficiency - ask to see utility bills Quality heating equimpment and affordability in operation Exterior durability - building enclosures and water management Interior air quality Interior durability - water resistant surfaces in wet areas Interior design and functionality of space Soundproofing from...

Real estate

Real estate

...Energy efficiency - ask to see utility bills Exterior durability - look for any wall damage and proper stormwater management - (eaves troughs, ground sloping away from the house, etc.) Interior design and functionality of space Soundproofing from the exterior and interior noise transmission Interior air quality...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...energy or that they use their allotted energy in an identical fashion? As for Source Energy, the important thing to understand is that we’re talking about energy at its source. The bulk of energy gets lost in transport - up to two thirds of it here in North America. For every three kilowatts that leaves the power pla...

$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...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...efficiency solar air panels could feed air directly into their existing in-floor duct work. They welcomed the challenge and engineered the system that will be the main heat source of our new (as close as we can get it to ) Zero Energy home . Needless to say that we will be incorporating high efficiency insulation and a...