Energy efficient homes / Guides

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...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...efficient one. Double that for the high end models with aluminium cores that conduct heat better than plastic ones do. Ventilation Systems- What is an ERV? Energy Recovery Ventilation ( ERV ) is the process of exchanging the energy contained in normally fan extracted stale or humid air from homes and using it to tr...

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

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...homes safer, more comfortable and durable, and reduce our home energy consumption by as much as 30% if carefully configured and specified. Heating systems and lights can be turned on or off, curtains and skylights can be opened or closed, home alarms activated or deactivated, doors locked or unlocked, dishwashers, wa...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

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

...energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects and a leading expert in Passive House Design and Planning. “We wanted to show that building sustainably isn’t only for the affluent. With a little innovation homes can be both energy efficient and affordable.” “We’re very excit...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...energy-efficient home construction. He was one of the principal designers of the Saskatchewan Conservation House , which in 1977 acted as a laboratory for the development of many previously unheard of building techniques that are now standard on the best performing houses in the world. The Saskatchewan Conservation...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...homes closer to the street, garages set back rather than being prominent features on the front of the house, and homes needed to have front porches. These simple measures go a long way to encouraging engagement with your neighbours and creating vibrant interactive communities. This traditional looking house is mode...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Energy Homes pilot program goals The goal of the R-2000 Net Zero Energy homes pilot program in Canada was to improve the performance standards of homes, and to raise awareness of energy-efficient green home building techniques among builders. Through participating in this pilot project, every builder became license...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...ENERGY STAR for New Homes: ENERGY STAR promotes guidelines for energy efficiency in new homes resulting in homes that are at least 20% more efficient than homes built to provincial building codes alone. ENERGY STAR is most commonly known for its evaluation of energy efficient appliances, fixtures, windows and doors...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...energy efficiency. The ratio between the energy consumed during the operation of a building and its embodied energy is affected not only by how energy efficient it is, but also by how long the building will stand. In other words, the downside of some high performance homes is that they can require more embodied energ...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for commercial buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial program has been in effect for much longer, LEED for Homes Canada was developed...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...Homes are encouraged to contact the CaGBC to learn more and to confirm their eligibility: homes@cagbc.org or 1-866-941-1184. Check out our Green Home Building Guide pages and l earn more about energy-efficient home upgrades , and Green building certification programs such as LEED for Homes , Passive House , Net Zero ...