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Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...energy, or baby seals for that matter. The good news is, there's a 'too good to be true' fact that a lot of people have a hard time believing - the payback do...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...energy independence since you rely on the energy you’ve stored rather than using energy from the grid in off-hours. However, if you connect to the grid, you don...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...Energy, as it an provide comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testing information a...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...energy consumed by humans. A passive solar house is simply one that has been designed to take advantage of that. Passive solar heating is yet another green bu...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...energy is desirable, manageable, and applicable for both residential and industrial areas throughout Canada. The CanmetENERGY program, funded and run by Natur...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...energy & money here . From the EcoHome Green Building Guides Safety and municipal laws: Like any swimming pool, natural pools can be a potential safety haza...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...Green roofs- intensive and extensive: Green roof © Ecohome An intensive green roof, also known as a ‘rooftop garden’ refers to planting areas that have ...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Real estate

Real estate

...Green space: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...green home. An energy-efficient ‘eco home’ doesn’t necessarily need to cost a lot more than a code-built home because a lot of that depends on design , but choo...

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...