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Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...Home Electricity Monitors Sense Smappee Ecoisme Neurio Ted Pro Home Powerhouse Dynamics SiteSage CURB CurrentCost Efergy DIY & Open source smart home monitoring systems EMONPI ARDUINO SHIELD ARDUINO - XBEE RASPBERRY PI Other intelligent home device articles: Lithium-Ion home batt...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...home constuction when sites are more accessible, it may be difficult with limited access. Check with the tank retailer for the cost of using a crane. Some retailers will offer a free crane install for tanks over a specific size, below that size you may have to pay separately for the cost of the crane ,but this should...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...home that sits on a 7’ x 20’ trailer bed. This traditional looking home with gable roof and dormers just happens to be mobile. Though neither Chris nor Malissa are builders by trade (he's a photographer and she's a 3D artist), the Tiny Tack House took just seven months to finish. Malissa, whose profession helped them...

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...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Sizes of prefab homes; all affordable The efficient design and construction of the Abri range of contemporary prefabricated eco homes allows families to afford an exceptional home at an affordable price . The 3 different models are based around the number of beds needed: The Abri 1850-BV prefab eco home has 3 bed...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...homes being built that would mean conducting a full carbon lifecycle analysis during home design , so that everything – and I mean everything – is on the table for design alterations to reduce the carbon foot print of homes. That means the size and design of homes , the materials selected, and the energy performance. ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...home is one that uses minimal energy to heat, light and run appliances. The biggest draw is *almost always heating , so reducing heat requirements is the best way to reduce operational costs. *We say almost always, but as an example, the Ecohome Edelweiss House uses less energy for heat than most homes use for domest...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED checklist and accompanying paperwork, including manuals on all home systems. Once all of the prerequisites are met, the LEED rating system is a fairly adaptable process. Modest sized homes are encouraged, but larger homes can meet certi...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...home’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design and build a modestly-sized but functional home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on p...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

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

...homes, learn more about sustainable home comfort , energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery options - which ar...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...home is monitored in real time by the blower door computer. Depending on the building size, the number of leaks and the client’s desired level of airtightness, the process of installing Aerobarrier in your home or attic room can take from 1 to several hours. Salvatore Ciarlo, Director of Technical Services, National ...