Generation / Guides

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...Generation Z young adults, Millennials, and residents of cities. The overall desire is to move outside urban cores to less densely populated areas. This is a direct reflection of the changing dynamics in urban cores, as we see closed theatres and music venues, limited seating in restaurants, and a preponderance of pe...

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

...generation suspended-film insulating-glass glazing units and windows . Window flashing detail in a high-performance home with exterior insulation © Glen Sakuth Angled bottom sills: by building your sills on a slight angle out, any water that finds its way in will be directed to the exterior. Window flashing...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...generation Suspended-film insulating glass sealed units in windows • Install the windows in a way that minimizes thermal bridging, which causes heat to be conducted through the wall framing via the window frame. This can be best achieved by centering windows in the wall rather than having them flush to the outside as...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Appliances

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

A typical washing machine can use up to 87 litres of water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An efficient Energy Star machine can cut water usage to about 49 litres per load and significantly cut energy usage, but this, the Drumi, will not only wash your clothes without using electricty, it a...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...generation projects. The FIT program (Feed-In-Tariff) pays you a nice sum for power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack the funds to get set up, leasing programs are available. Details h...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...generation ago to under 3 people per home today. Compare that to Tiny House builders that are producing fully-functioning homes that are as little as 100 square feet, probably even less. Whether something is good or bad, smart or stupid, brilliant or insane, is entirely based on context. And while we have featured ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...generation and more towards heat retention; meaning, spending more on insulation can result in needing to spend less on heating infrastructure (not to mention significant operational savings as well). Extra insulation is always the route we would suggest first, and which types of insulation, how much, and where to use ...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

There is no question that the best way to lower emissions as we scurry about a city is to travel by foot, bike or public transportation, yet it’s unlikely we will see the end of the personal vehicle anytime soon. Transit would need to become much more extensive and gas much more costly for us to see any significant re...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

When considering solar cells as thin as laminate and completely transparent, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine every glass or laminant surface in our built environment and all of our devices, large and small, harvesting solar energy. In a world of passive, self-sustaining mini-power stations, would the need for ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...generation and here see post 4 all about off-grid heating systems and for part 5, all about off-grid home appliances, mechanical & other systems, see here We didn't originally plan to do any formal energy modeling for our home. It only came about because of our relatively last-minute decision to seek LEED certificati...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...generation, and as people rediscover the charm of a real fire in the hearth, many people are looking for ways to be less reliant on conventional energy supplies in the future and to look for an off-grid heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficientl...