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Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...energy would be provided by the sun (passive heating and photovoltaic power generation). The remaining 25% of required energy would be provided via a gasoline...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...ENERGY STAR approved appliances and other electronics of today use just a fraction of the power of their predecessors. Put all of these trends together, and...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...windows or jalousie windows are notorious for their air leakage, and an upgrade is strongly recommended if a home still uses them. These windows allow smoke inf...

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.

...Windows: Unfortunately, at the time we built the SCH the best windows were only about R2. These windows were essentially holes in the walls. We placed most of...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...Energy - which refers to the ability of a building to produce as much energy as it consumes. Not satisfied with that, they set out to create a building envelo...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...EnergyStar windows. When can I advertise my LEED home? Once you have enrolled in the LEED program with the CaGBC , you can promote the home as "Registered w...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...windows are closed to get an accurate reading. Normal activity like doing laundry with a dryer vented to the exterior and running ventilation equipment is to be...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse where food is produced all year. ***** That's all great stuff, and it seems to work fine in New Mexico...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and opening the windows will create drag and red...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...energy efficiency and durability, though it’s not what we would call the most efficient use of time as doing two layers of insulation instead of just one meant ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...Windows, Replace or Repair? We often get asked if it is a good idea to replace old windows with new and better performing windows to save money. Usually to th...