Energy efficiency / Guides

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...energy consumption, though increased insulation will probably be the best option in most cases. The Big Picture: Energy While insulation R-values are important, what really matters is energy consumption. To assess the impact of different roof insulation types on whole building energy performance, energy modelling w...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...energy efficiency efforts, LEED® Version 4 awards 2 points for monitoring energy and water consumption in real time. The points can be obtained through a monitor that tracks the consumption remotely. Smart home monitors available in Canada/USA: Blue Line Innovations Power Cost Monitor Eyedro Home Electricity Mo...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...energy efficiency in buildings and building energy simulations. Jason completed his master's degree at Concordia University in building engineering, where his thesis centered around the optimization of a solar combisystem installed in an energy efficient house in Quebec.

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...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...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 Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 1...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...energy efficiency. It might seem a little intimidating at first to those of us who only had to worry about turning off the stove when we left the house, but once you get used to an automated home, you won't want to live without it. For example, if you leave and forget to close the skylight, it will close automaticall...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...energy-efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the use of sustainable building materials, which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - design, prac...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Energy systems: 5400 w photovoltaic solar panels with battery backup Radiant floor heat powered by a high efficiency gas boiler 84% efficient Zehnder Novus 300 ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) While similar in concept, an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) was chosen over an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) , a...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...efficiency! Stage 3: Gas Vapor Ignition & Combustion – the "afterburner" effect of secondary combustion Now that we have all these flammable gases being produced, for maximum efficiency from burning wood and minimal pollution , what they need now is the achievement and retention of minimum threshold temperature for...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...energy saving tips: Flow-switch: You won't find this on all models, but a flow switch allows you to stop the water from flowing as you soap up, while maintaining the right temperature. Thermostatic mixing valve: Rather than messing around with the hot and cold taps, you can quickly select the water temperatures as ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...energy power storage in an innovative and more affordable manner than we are used to seeing , because they have reversed the customary actions of power generation followed by power storage in big and costly batteries. Instead, Azelio uses photovoltaic (PV) solar energy and converts it into heat in a thermal battery (...