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Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...high-performance home design will generally mean less money spent overall, not more, with the huge advantage being the reduction in monthly outgoings, increased comfort and a reduced environmental footprint. The EcoHome Team decided to prove the point when we built the economical yet high-performance Edelweiss, which...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...high-performance, airtight building envelope - including triple-pane high efficiency windows and doors for Zero Net Energy homes , with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient [SHGC] of 0.18 and a North American Fenestration Standards [NAFS] performance grade rating of PG50 Plus. A modern design of Net Zero Home ...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...high cost of living. Adding our pre-engineered green packages for solar energy, rainwater collection and grey water treatment can take NOMADs right off the grid." The folks at NOMAD Micro Home want to make high-performance, low impact housing affordable to the masses. Their indiegogo crowdfunding campaign helped them...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...high performance window manufacturer Elite . Windows on the north, east and west have been selected for maximum insulation, and differ from windows on the south which have been selected for maximum heat gain. see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundow...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...performance of windows without low-E coatings. SketchNanoGard blocks 85% of infrared rays, which heat the home and cause discomfort when they are too abundant and the air temperature is high. The product was designed to block the most important wavelengths, including infrareds that exceed 780 nanometers (hence the ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...performance as of 2012, it is now required in most areas that you break thermal bridges with some form of continuous insulation. With that, performance has improved, but there is still the matter of an enormous quantity of wood that makes up the frame, so the stated R value of batt insulation does not reflect the per...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...performance of your home. Having an Ipad control centre that allows you to remotely operate systems by a smart phone can make fun gadgets an important part of high performance housing. To be able to control things like your curtains, heating, ventilation, and lighting when you are away can significantly add to the ov...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...high-performance building techniques that were beyond their experience range or comfort levels. A little push of the envelope is a great thing to keep people engaged, but if this program went too far into the off-grid home construction arena it could be viewed as some fringe building technique like the Earthship and ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...high energy efficiency. The ratio between the energy consumed during the operation of a building and its embodied energy is affected not only by how energy efficient it is, but also by how long the building will stand. In other words, the downside of some high performance homes is that they can require more embodied ...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...performance is very high and its compressive strength is similar to that of concrete. Given the variety of lumber products and dimensions available (including 2x4 and 2x6 stud walls, post and beam and laminated timber ), wood offers an excellent flexibility in architectural design. While it is found mostly in the r...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. The PSI program is the brainchild of our Energy Efficiency Coordinator Denis Boyer who set out to find the ultimate building envelope for one specific climate. The Nort...