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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

...Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The "Damn-Near" Passive House project Resilient design features for new home construction Off Grid wood pellet stoves that need no electricity Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - A...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...design of this home is not what you would expect from prefab. It's 2085 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a large separate office/studio space and naturally lit open concept living areas. © SeeVirtual Modern 'high performance' homes like this one offer homeowners surprisingly intellige...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...home battery systems: In the earlier days of off-grid home construction and home power storage, the only home battery option on the market was the lead/acid variety. The unfortunate realities of their size, cost, lifespan, material composition and lack of recyclability made installing one less of a noble gesture and ...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...green power. US homeowners can reduce their home carbon footprint by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), and Canadians can purchase green power through Bullfrog Power , a green energy broker. When you purchase what amounts to being 'green energy credits', what you are doing is paying a premium to ensure ...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...homes without such design considerations. As the designers of The World's First Passive House said when reflecting on their design years later, "simple is better than complicated, passive is better than active, and moving parts fail". Energy efficient home design Our recommendation here could philosophically be com...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (2x more...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...home design was created. Note: the main image above is of Ecohome's Kenogami House, which was called ' The Most Resilient Home in North America' by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. Resilient home design basics: The basic definition or premise of resiliency is to be prepared , or to have the...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...homes from the 70's, especially some of the passive solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage of large water tanks for thermal mass, ' Earthships ' with greenhouses inside the home, and more. There was a great deal of experimentation going on in building innovative and green homes for the...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...homes built to meet code, and ones that perform several times better, and better is often cheaper. A bit cheaper in the short term, much cheaper in the long run. Source: A 2013 Ecohome feasibility study and implementation plan for green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseb...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...green building techniques here : How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...design will likely make air conditioning unnecessary except in extended heat waves with high night time humidity levels. Life in the Kenogami House As homeowner and part of the Ecohome design team, Alain Hamel will continue to experiment with the latest energy systems to further enhance the performance and thermal ...