Green rating systems / Guides

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

...Rating Certificate", which shows the overall estimates, including the major details about the home, the systems, and expected energy use. To boil a house down to a single number, many efficiency experts use the HERS rating . This is an evaluation of how much energy the modeled house uses as compared to a house that jus...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...Green Builder? It’s not common to find a reliable ‘green home listing’ or ‘green pages’ in specific regions, so choosing a quality general contractor with experience building efficient homes can be tricky. Here are some tips of where to look, what to look for, and what to avoid. First, start with an internet search...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. Strategic decisions: The original home on this property was beginning to demonstrate foundation ...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...rating systems set ACH targets that must be achieved. The Passive House air leakage rate has to be 0.6ACH or lower , which is several times more airtight than the average home and that is partly why a Passive House consumes several times less energy in heating. Even at 3 air changes per hour, which is much better tha...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Rating System in net zero energy applications. Drawing on NRCan’s national systems and infrastructure - including its certified energy advisors, certification process and quality assurance protocols - will provide recognized metrics, objectivity, standardization and credibility to this emerging space. By focusing o...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...systems, it's best if we can make use of it first and let any excess soak through permeable surfaces on our property. In a perfect world we wouldn't be irrigating greenery around our homes from either wells or city water, but there is always a time when we will have to water plants, certainly when growing vegetables....

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?

...Systems and you will find hundreds maybe thousands of companies using the word "Geothermal" to describe ground source heat pumps, two systems that have only one thing in common: they sit on and in the ground. Even government organizations muddy the story by calling them "geothermal heat pumps." Real Geothermal system...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...rating. How do you get a permit for solar panels? If your system fails to meet local codes, you may find yourself spending more money than you planned to modify it, or you may not be eligible for green home renovation tax credits and incentives . Either way, it’s worth finding someone who knows how to obtain permit...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...green prefabricated homes & green building techniques here : Prefab homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...systems. ( See here for a more complete explanation about Passive House certification options in North America .) The carbon footprint of LEED Homes: While we were at it, we decided to have a look at the LEED criteria to see if it was feasible to achieve that certification as well. The LEED rating system is broken ...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.