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Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on par with those homes in its annual cost to own and operate. Design for heat retention...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...heaters are fairly well insulated these days, and the heat lost from insulated pipes is really nothing to write home about. All that heat loss isn’t even a loss...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...home, run your hand along your walls on a really cold day and they will find you. This isn't only an issue of heat loss and the higher bills that come with it...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...heat loss and on top of that this home has walls insulated to R-60 and the ceiling to R-100. Hyper-insulating a home will add cost of course, up until a certa...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...heated home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here . or post 3 in the off-grid homes blog here . This off-grid home design began with the basic principle...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...heat is not one of them. Having a reliable and manually controlled heat source can enable you to heat your home in the absence of power. The more effici...

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

...home. Air leakage can be responsible for up to 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home and cause significant moisture damage in walls, as one small hole can be res...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...heating? Reduce heat loss & maximize free heat gains... Tips to reduce energy use by good pool design 1) Pool Insulation to reduce heat loss: When plann...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...heat as long as your home stands. Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glyco...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...heated when in use. Heat loss is minimized by high standards of insulation and air tightness. Standard heating is by way of an electric radiator, which is a...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...home while maintaining excellent energy efficiency in heating. Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are an essential component of any air-sealed high performance ...