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Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise efficient energy systems and an energy efficient building envelope N - Non-toxic - creating a healthy interior living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a hom...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...Solar photovoltaic generation On-site wastewater treatment Earth tubes Solar hot water Stormwater control Geothermal heating and cooling Vegetated green roofs The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system focuses on measured performance of the building, and requires participa...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...home Guide Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco-Friendly than a Basement? - EcoHome Discussions

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...home building inspiration, check out our newest concept house, the LEED V4 Platinum Wakefield House with solar air heated floors. And For more DIY Green Home Building Videos suscribe to our YouTube channel to see the the Edelweiss House being built from the ground up. Cork flooring installation guide: Now that yo...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...home’s natural surroundings. Green space is increased with the installation of green roofs and the replacement of the paved backyard with a plant-filled oasis. Through careful spatial organization, passive strategies such as natural ventilation, passive cooling, daylighting, and solar gain were maximized. These were ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...homes runs a gasoline generator to provide ¼ of their required power. Resilient home design and survivability Some homeowners seek autonomy from shared resources as a manner of ensuring the survivability of their homes in the face of grid failure; the merits of this cannot be argued as it is a decision based on lif...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...home as most air conditioners do it is retained in the form of domestic hot water. Since 2/3rds of the bulk energy consumption in a home is usually a result of heating, with our building envelope we've been able to reduce that to about 10 percent of what most new homes require. Beyond that, the next big leap in effic...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...solar gains in the winter months and a very low sun angle, the solar gain that we get from November to March is very small and this is the time we need the heat for our homes. So can you store heat from the summer to heat the house in the winter? The solar storage would have to be very large and very well-insulated. ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...homes rather than additional heat generation, so that the heat pump can operate at a more optimal efficiency since less capacity would be required. Also, with the right amount of insulation and a properly designed home for passive solar heat gains, it is even possible to safely heat your home during the coldest days ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...solar heat gain. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is a scale from 0 to 100 that indicates the amount of solar gain you will get through a pane of glass. The higher the number, the better the solar gain. Energy Rating (ER): After U-value, SHGC and the various designs and materi...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...homes are more affordable and eco-friendly that large homes, but are tiny homes on wheels green? Read here to find out if Tiny Houses are good for the environment . It seems somewhat contradictory for an environmentally conscious person to be dragging a tiny home behind a massive gas-guzzling truck, even more so if i...