High performance / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if possible, has glazi...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...higher particulate emissions. You pollute less and get the most value from your wood when burning a fire at pretty high temperatures, not to mention that it keeps your chimney cleaner. So getting the right size of stove is very important. A great way to determine the size of stove you will need for an existing house ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...higher place to a lower place. Similarly, heat naturally flows from a hotter place to a colder place. So how is it that we can extract heat from a cold place and send it to a warmer place? Well, it is a little bit like moving water from a low place to a high place. All you need is a pump! Heat is actually defined by ...

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

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...high temperatures more bearable, while also reducing the load on air conditioning systems. In this case, the ERV in conjunction with the high R value building envelope and passive cooling design will likely make air conditioning unnecessary except in extended heat waves with high night time humidity levels. Life in t...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...high-performance windows that would ideally be triple-paned. Additionally, including darker colored materials with significant thermal mass in the direct path of the sun can help optimize heat gain and keep interior temperatures balanced. The ideal design would absorb as much solar radiation as possible in the day, l...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...high-risk flood zones that don’t currently have adequate insurance protection. Invest $150 million to complete floodplain maps for all the provinces and territories. Create an action plan to help homeowners in high-risk areas of repeat flooding, including potential relocation. What renovations add value to a ho...

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

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...high performance building envelope products, technologies, and techniques that can be used to achieve net zero energy performance. Participants who are successful through the request for proposals process will also have access to modeling support from NRCan simulation experts for technologies that cannot be modelled us...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...Performance, Inc. The homes feature innovative environmental aspects, including an exceptional building envelope designed for maximum insulation and air tightness, drain water heat recovery, and high performance heating and ventilation systems – saving up to 30 per cent a year in energy and water costs. The homes wer...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...High performance building at Ecohome, North America's online green building resource.

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...high external humidity in combination with heavily air conditioned homes that have interior poly vapor barriers - but more of that below. First, a basic science lesson - when air cools down as the temperature drops, it releases moisture as condensation. This is known as the dew point temperature, and for interstitial...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...high-pressure fracking fluid – primarily comprised of water, sand and chemical thickening agents - into a well to create cracks in deep rock formations that releases gases. Some of these chemicals and liquids will of course remain in the earth, and much of it ends up back at the surface where it can be absorbed back in...