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The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...homeowner Alain Hamel) was by no means an easy one. PSI is a design service and home performance recognition program, intended to apply a performance figure to homes indicating their heating requirements. Any home under 50 kWh per square meter per year is recognized, we also have the PSI challenge, where we put it ou...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...home heating, 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 . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Different Electric Home Heating Types - which ar...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...homes: future-proof building for a changing Climate See the most resilient home in North America What is the best insulation for a home? How much insulation do I need in green home construction? Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Why building a sustainable home...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...homes. To qualify, your home must meet the requirements outlined in the BMO Eco Smart Mortgage checklist as confirmed by a third party appraiser (or energy auditor) arranged by BMO. For single family homes, including townhouses (condo or freehold), your home will need 6 out of 7 features to qualify: High efficien...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change , improving home energy efficiency and decentralising power generation is something we can do to reduce our personal energy consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicycle generators can...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here, the overview . or post 2 in the off-grid homes blog here covering design and construction choices . or here see post 3 in the off grid homes blog about off grid power generation Being a newcomer to living off of the grid, I did not make the best initial choice for our...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...Solariums in cold climates, to better understand the principles of Passive Solar home design, and how to heat homes with the heat of sun, see here , for a finely engineered solution to high performance homes check out all you need to know about Passive House certification here from North America's favorite no-nonsense ...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...solar air heaters, which are less risky (and less expensive) than thermal-solar hydronic heaters. Insulating air tubes near the heater box output to better distribute heat © Ecohome Can radiant floor heating provide all the necessary heat for a home? In theory, yes, but it will not...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...home is about as inefficient a heat source as can be imagined. While open fireplaces provide warmth to the immediate area, most of the heat generated goes up the chimney, taking with it inside air warmed by other means. An operating fireplace can suck hundreds of cubic feet of warm air from your home per hour, resultin...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...solar array and battery backup system. You'll need a lot more than tires, dirt and pop cans. For an example of a Green Build that costs the same as a regular home build, see the EcoHome Edelweiss House . Our conclusions on Earthships: This is a concept born of wanting to tread lightly on the earth; we have nothing ...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concr...