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B.C.’s First Passive House
Passive House

B.C.’s First Passive House Opens Its Doors for Public Viewing on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

...house from Austria was assembled in Whistler for the Olympic Games, however, the Rainbow Duplex designed by Marken Projects marks the first Passive House to be ...

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Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of high performance buildings and passive solar home design

...house built in July will have noticeably higher heating and cooling costs than a person who bought a house built a month later. Holding back any meaningful...

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

...house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufac...

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Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...House continues to act as a laboratory for resilient, cold climate building practices. Through software energy modeling it was determined that the Kenogami Hous...

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Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

Watch more videos The Ecohome Demo House has a vapour permeable exterior air barrier and with an ACH rate of .69 is many times more airtight than the...

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Building in flood plains
Lifestyle and environment

Future-proofing homes: building for a changing climate

...house that can handle the mess we are leaving them. Future-proofing homes: Since a home built today should be around at least many decades, it is wort...

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Sustainably built accessory dwelling units from FabCab
Tiny house

The FabCab prefabricated building

...designs flexibility into a home so that its layout can be easily modified when the need arises, which reduces the need for expensive and wasteful remodeling dow...

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Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance home desig
Passive solar home design

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

...house and provide domestic hot water. Well how did the house perform? The solar system heated the house during the first two years: Fuel cost : $0.00 ...

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Ssolar air heater
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...houses. So a slightly more aesthetic design might be required in a house than in a workshop or garage. Specifically with greenhouses, they have a tendency ...

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Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...house and yard, a bit less than half of an acre. On the north, west and south sides of the house, this means that the forest begins only 20 feet from the house....

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Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...house gases through energy efficiency and renewable/low-carbon energy supplies. "Every building is designed for a specific range of conditions, such as pea...

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