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Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...high performance stoves and fireplaces "back in the day," Harold Orr might have spent his life doing other stuff rather than advancing building technology for the planet's benefit! Later, at the University of Saskatchewan, he got more technical with his concerns, studying air leakage in homes, and then further resear...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...high level of energy efficiency that it is Passive House and LEED ready, meaning that when other prerequisite conditions are met, the energy performance of the building envelope meets the stringent requirements needed to achieve LEED V4 Platinum or Passive House certification . This also means it could also be specifie...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

There is some debate in performance building circles, particularly in the Passive House community as to whether or not you can add enough insulation below a concrete floor to eliminate the need for heating it. We have been on the fence about this and leaned to both sides at different times, but it seems we have now ...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...higher concentrations, and as modern higher performance housing design provides a relatively airtight environment we are exposed to much higher levels than in the drafty homes of the past. In North America, combined figures from the EPA and Health Canada indicate that around 25000 people die directly from accumulative ...

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 ...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...high light-transmittance , like clear glass, on vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the winter (shown below). Find out more about which glazing is right for your greenhouse in this blog . Greenhouse windows © Ceres Gre...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...performance record, even in their prime. And if they have seen some useful life already, they will have a reduced lifespan, so you may find yourself needing to change them sooner than you'd like. Money invested in high performance windows is money you will likely recoup in savings. However, building a seasonal out buil...

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...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...high-performance and durable home is appealing to everyone. © Belvedair JP - Do you have any tips for choosing between multiple bids from general contractors’ ? PR – Yes, the first thing to remember is not to approach this like you are comparing ‘apples to apples’. The components tha...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...high performance homes don't pay off. As the owners , we enjoy the pleasant and spacious feel of the living space. Large windows on both levels not only provide free heat, but increase the spaciousness of the open design and provide natural light to the home for most of the day. Moreover, the house has excellent in...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

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