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Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...heating / cooling equipment, but also new and existing homes. Many other rating systems reference EnerGuide to grade homes. It's based on a 0 to 100 point scale, zero being the least energy efficient performance and 100 being the best. Energy auditors collect data on a home's building envelope (windows, doors, insula...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...heating in winter, then you’d benefit more from an evacuated tube design as they perform better in winter than flat plate collectors. Heat transfer: Solar thermal heat exhanger diagram © Viessmann With glycol systems you need a heat exchanger to warm water for domestic use, space heating, or both. Heated flui...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...heating system design in the hands of installers produces one pretty consistent result - systems that are oversized for their space. And this ensures one very important thing (at least for installation contractors) - they won't receive a call from angry clients complaining of a lack of heat. Homeowners will instead get...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...systems of their home properly, and publicly promote green building and the LEED rating system. ­ Builders are required to provide homeowners with a minimum one hour educational walkthrough to identify and provide instruction of the home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED che...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...systems, one of the more common types of thermal battery (not that there are a lot of them) is a huge water tank buried in the ground that is heated by solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campu...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...heating and energy efficiency solutions in the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...heating systems with green renovation tax credit money. Replacing old and inefficient furnaces makes sense as they usually have a limited life span anyway, but it can also be a good time to switch to a clean energy home heating fuel as well. In many states and provinces heating with gas is popular and affordable, but t...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar panels can be either thermal (which ...

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

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

...heating tank through which other water feeds pass and absorb that heat. This can be used to preheat domestic hot water as well as the liquid in hydronic heating systems. More recently, we've also seen the advent of Solar air-heated systems that heat floors in winter and use excess heat generated in summer to heat your ...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...heating and cooling energy than an average building. The Bella Bella project was seen as an opportunity to put this change into practice. An RFP (request for proposal) was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program, design criteria and the requirement for Passive House certification Mobius Archi...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...systems drive building codes to greater levels of performance, the rating systems themselves need a periodic upgrade to stay ahead of the curve; enter LEED version 4 (V4.) This latter version of the LEED rating system involved a comprehensive overhaul and to ensure relevancy and adoption LEED v4 was reviewed and broken...