High performance / Guides

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...high demand for dwindling global resources. Lithium, for example, is in very high demand for high-tech products and there is long-term concern about available resources given our culture of embracing our personal devices. Conversely, there is no foreseeable shortage of saltwater on the horizon; in fact, over most of ...

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

...high-performance windows . Achieving airtightness requires the use of some fairly high-tech materials but the result is a house that uses next to no energy. Passive House framing details © Construction Rocket Inc. PHI vs. PHIUS Passive House Certification PHI (Germany’s Passive House Institute) and PHIUS (Pas...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...Higher quality filters are available (MERV 9-10), which can prevent pollen and dust from contaminating indoor air. Energy efficiency : The system has a high heat recovery, and performance is not dependant on the quality of duct installation. Operational cost: The energy required to operate the fan is very low (0.11...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...performance isn't always high on the radar of home buyers, builders make more money that way, but leave homeowners with unnecessarily high heating bills for the rest of their lives. In contrast, a hyper-insulated house will save occupants a lot of money over its lifetime, but even on the short term can actually be ch...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...high-performance building development. To learn more about the WELL Building Standard, visit WELLcertified.com . Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs related to green building. GBCI...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...performance and cost - and this is where identifying the best laminate countertops can help you find that find that sweet spot. So, which are the greenest laminate counters? Warning – not all laminate counters are created equal! We are all about high-performance construction here at EcoHome, but when it comes to ch...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...high-performance windows. Interior materials were choosen based on regional availability but this was not always the deciding factor. We did choose regionally-made veneer-faced, no-added formaldehyde MDF panels, but also opted for Baltic Birch plywood whose superior strength and pricing outweighed locally-produced pl...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...high performance home construction, an effective R36 wall falls pretty much into what is known as the 'sweet spot' of design, meaning the optimum balance of energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, by investing in insulation instead of heat generation. Energy efficiency: When you rely on an array of solar panels t...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...high performance wall systems , teachers at the New Frontiers School Board in Ormstown, QC have settled on a building envelope that will outperform houses built to code by a factor of almost 3. The school will be releasing videos following the progress of this first of its kind project, check out episode 1. As the ...

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 ...

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...