Home energy efficiency / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...energy efficiency home upgrades - in our Building Guide pages you can learn about simple home improvements that save you money and energy while making your home...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...home is good or bad for you... Five reasons why we aren't sold on this noble attempt at alternative tiny housing: 1. Energy efficiency: Metal is a condu...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...homes being built, that large of a financial investment towards energy efficiency could offer much greater returns if put towards heat retention instead - bette...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...energy efficiency: Any way you slice it, the deck is stacked against skylights in terms of their energy performance . They will add a little bit of heat on su...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...home water efficiency , low flow showerheads , Greywater heat recovery and all you need to know about sustainable and high performance home construction in the ...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...home upgrades for health and efficiency. It isn’t necessary to embark on an expensive remodeling project, you can gradually and affordably reduce the energy n...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

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

...energy into AC power for your home and can be used throughout the home in a variety of ways. Types of solar panels There are a variety of types of solar pan...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...homes it is worth a check to make sure bathroom and kitchen fans aren't vented into the attic. Range hood over gas stove © Ecohome Home ventilation an...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...homeowners. Regardless of financial returns though, any home renewable energy system is clean energy and will reduce the demand on our energy infrastructure, ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...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 Ene...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...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 cool...