Energy positive homes / Guides

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...energy over their lifetime than they will use. There are already many positive-production buildings with corresponding standards, but a Powerhouse certified bui...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...energy consumption within ideal parameters. Positive and negative air pressure: Neither positive nor negative air pressure in a home is good, as either puts...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...energy and operating energy If you consider the useful life of a building, about half of its carbon footprint comes from grey energy – or embodied carbon, and...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...Homes , and l earn more about energy-efficient home upgrades , and Green building certification programs such as , LEED for Homes and Passive House , and Net Ze...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Positive Energy Buildings , Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating or Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient constructio...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...homes that were attempting to reach Zero Net Energy, as it an provide comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cool...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. What is driving building profe...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...homes have become. But the custom homes being built on trailer beds have many limitations, mainly because they need to comply with the rules of the road as a ve...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...homes due to ventilation equipment. Do house plants purify the air in a home? No, they do not. An ideal HVAC design for homes would include a ventilat...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...homes require less materials to build and less energy to operate. With a bit more thought and creativity on behalf of designers and builders, small homes don't ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, prefer...