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The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Energy homes The higher cost of energy combined with an increasing awareness of the global climate crisis is a driving force behind the trend towards more energy-efficient home construction . And Zero Net Energy home construction is a trend that is quickly taking off; read more here about the Canadian Zero Net Energy...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...homes rather than additional heat generation, so that the heat pump can operate at a more optimal efficiency since less capacity would be required. Also, with the right amount of insulation and a properly designed home for passive solar heat gains, it is even possible to safely heat your home during the coldest days ...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...energy from the air. It doesn't appear they are available in North America unfortunately as this would be a fantastic addition to homes that were attempting to reach Zero Net Energy, as it an provide comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testin...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...homes and the best way to provide it are important issues. Energy recovery from exhaust air is becoming common place in cold regions, and two types of equipment can do this - an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) and an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation.) Both HRVs and ERVs are somewhat new to mainstream home constructio...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...homes? Do you build airtight homes? Do you conduct blower door tests? Do you do energy modelling? What do you do to avoid thermal bridging in walls? What are your preferred types of insulation? Which type of wall assembly do you recommend? What is the most important feature in a home that affects energy e...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019 as part of their as part of their Net Zero Home Grants & I...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...ENERGY program, funded and run by Natural Resources Canada , focuses on introducing and developing renewable energy sources both across the country and internationally. Their current projects include research into net zero energy solar buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integr...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...homes are a very credible option for high performance home construction. When it comes to high efficiency sustainable housing , until recently prefab homes didn't even show up on the radar. A few companies in recent years have taken huge steps to change that, notably with the recent completion of the Beachaus I in th...

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

DIY radiant floor installation

...home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive solar home design , Passive House contruction , how to build slab on grade on bad soil , and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building gui...

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

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Energy systems: 5400 w photovoltaic solar panels with battery backup Radiant floor heat powered by a high efficiency gas boiler 84% efficient Zehnder Novus 300 ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) While similar in concept, an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) was chosen over an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) , a...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...home renewable energy production essentially a noble, yet unprofitable undertaking for homeowners. Regardless of financial returns though, any home renewable energy system is clean energy and will reduce the demand on our energy infrastructure, and consequently emissions. Passive solar heating Passive solar heati...