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Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder Media® This is a passively heated 1,950 net square feet, 3 bedroom home rated at 15 kWh per square meter per year that was built according to the acronym ENDURE: Energy efficient, Non-toxic, Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...home for thermal comfort , Passive heating and cooling and energy efficient home design, see the Green Home Building Guidance at Ecohome, North America's trusted Green Home Building Website .

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...energy from the condensation of water vapour contained in the fumes of combustion. For condensation to occur, it is essential for water to be at lower temperatures. Condensing boilers have an efficiency rate of 95% which means that for every 100 kWh of energy supplied by the gas, 95 kWh of energy will be transformed ...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...homes are built on a raft-slab ‘ slab on grade ICF Forming kit ’ with 12 inches of EPS foam insulation John Hodges' Passive House with Larsen Trusses © Ecohome Exterior insulation for home renovations: Beyond new home construction, using the Larsen Truss wall Design can also be a great way to do an energy-eff...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...energy and operating energy with the S1600, which showed embodied energy as a small fraction of the total foorprint, and compared that to the embodied energy in homes built to code, was about half, as seen in the chart below. Percentage of embodied energy compared to total lifespan operational energy required of th...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages LEED Platinum prefab kit home © Roman Szumski ...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...home comfort , energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on 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 Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...home (e.g., amount of hot showers, thermostat temperature, etc.), energy modellers are able to put together estimates of total energy use for a home. Below is our "Home Energy Rating Certificate", which shows the overall estimates, including the major details about the home, the systems, and expected energy use. To b...

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

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

...home - The Edelweiss House © Ecohome Which Renewable energy system was chosen? Photovoltaic panels or wind-energy systems to offset building energy requirements are commonplace on high-performance homes , especially as the cost of solar panels continues to fall and choice increases . But for the LEED certified Ed...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...home remains appropriate for multiple life transitions, reduces a person’s need to move, and increases both the longevity and the marketability of the home. This socially sustainable approach is combined with common sense principles of site orientation, energy efficiency, ‘green’ materials , and healthy indoor air qual...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...homeowner. Aspiring young homeowners shouldn’t lose sleep over this either though, additional costs for better performing buildings should effectively be offset by long-term energy efficiency and lower utility bills. For part 9 buildings (smaller mixed-use homes and commercial buildings), energy modelling for the low...