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Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...homes. While having a home rated by any performance scale or certified (like Passive House) is great as it draws attention to advanced home building techniques, this is not an elite club you that you should either commit to or feel excluded from. Passive heating and cooling in homes is simply a matter of determinin...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...insulation, a slew of recycled materials and excellent interior air quality, we'd like to think the Edelweiss House by EcoHome is a firm contender. It was after all the first home in Canada to be awarder the Leed Platinum v4 rating, and only the second in the world. Yep, here at EcoHome we're pretty proud of that! Th...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...homeowners when their children and their families live in the home. Education and information sharing: We have opened up the home to the public annually since 2015 for the Ecosolar home tour; so far over 800 people have viewed the home. This annual tour shows Edmonton’s most energy efficient homes and is run by volun...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...insulation extending 4 feet out from the slab just below final grade, to ensure the ground below and surrounding the slab stays above freezing. Learn which types of insulation are best for where when building a Green Home home here . We are so accustomed to a house having a basement that the idea of building a slab-o...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...home insulation’ and honestly, there is rarely one single right answer. In that spirit, I wanted to take a closer look at EPS foam insulation or ‘Styrofoam insulation’ as it is often mistakenly called, which it isn’t. It may seem like splitting hairs, but Styrofoam is a brand name of XPS insulation, it is not EPS ins...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...home building industry. Organic insulation materials can, in some instances, be at a greater risk of developing mold, or perhaps hosting insects and rodents , compared to non-organic products such as rigid foam insulation boards, Rockwool or spray foam insulation to name a few examples. Some natural insulations are b...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...home with a reference home of similar size in a similar climate. Typical Energuide ratings: 0 to 50 Older homes, very poor performance 51 to 65 Older homes that have had upgrades 66 to 74 Homes built to provincial building codes 75 to 79 Energy efficient new homes 8 0 to 90 New homes built for extremely hig...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...homes First of all, if the relative humidity of air in your home is too high, work to lower it . Anything over 50% RH is a bit much; 35-40% or so is good for humans and houses alike. The more humid the conditioned space of your home is, the more condensation you will probably have in the home, and also have in the at...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...home. Ontario: Examples of Programs Supporting Home Energy Efficiency Home Audit and Retrofit programs that provide homeowners with incentives to make energy efficiency upgrades. Under the programs, homeowners can receive incentive levels that typically range between $1,000 and $2,500 for energy audits and retrofits su...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...Homes How to stay on budget when building a home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Gr...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...insulation - the History In 2005, Metric Homes of Carp, Ontario designed and built Canada's first Energy Star labelled home in Canada. This home was built with dense-packed (or dense-blown) cellulose as the wall insulation of choice. Their intent was to produce a better built home with the goal of creating "a proper ...