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Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...certification here from North America's favorite no-nonsense Green Building Website, EcoHome

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...building a near zero energy home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... Solar tracker © Ecohome STORY UPDATE: In Canada, the prices for solar panels has been steadily declining while the cost of trackers ha...

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.

...building houses that have less than 0.12 A/C 50. This is nearly seven times tighter than the SCH. Take a look at modern Passive House projects here or read all about Passive House Certification in North America here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...building a home hoping for LEED certification, there are points waiting for you when you build permeable hard surfaces, but also for choosing lighter coloured stones. Stones are rated with the solar reflectance index (SRI), which is a measure of the ability of a constructured surface to reflect solar heat, measured on ...

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

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...certification or when going for Leed V4 Platinum certification we really can't stress enough the enormous role windows will play in your overall home performance. Better windows may pay for themselves in a few years of heat savings, while also improving occupant comfort and the overall user experience. So shop around a...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...certification on the first try" says Emmanuel Cosgrove, Director of Ecohabitation and LEED evaluator of the Maison Orfie project.

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...Green Building Video Guides on the EcoHome YouTube Channel here The Ecohome's Edelweiss House LEED Platinum certified V4 roof is a 2/12 pitch insulated to R95 with Rockwool (formerly Roxul) mineral wool batts. R95 far exceeds the most rigorous Canadian building codes, and is a key component to us achieving an extreme...