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Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...energy-efficiency upgrades, cost $150.00 per sq. ft. to construct. The increase in cost to achieve Passive House energy efficiency over Canadian Building Code e...

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...

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.

...recovery unit, and based on his experience building it started a company to make heat recovery ventilation units. A grey water heat recovery unit . This unit ...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Energy: Annual consumption in Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh per square metre of living space (TFA) Primary Energy: Annual consumption in Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh p...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...energy recovery aid in minimizing space-conditioning requirements. The Passive solar and ambient cooling design, warm in winter, cool in summer ...

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!"

...Recovery Ventilation (HRV) or Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems Air Barriers & How to Install for Air Tight Homes And to see more guide page...

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...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...energy loss; zero energy consumption when no hot water is being used; limited upkeep costs; long service life (in excess of 20 years) as compared to tradi...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...energy bills, use no fossil fuels, are passively heated and cooled and occupants live in harmony and balance with the earths natural cycles. This is nothing nea...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows, what causes foggy & wet windows, is it a problem & how to stop it?

...energy. The part about spending less energy because they are faster and cool down the home faster is true. However, the older AC models, which had to run longer...

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

Off-grid living blog post 4: 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...

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