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Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...to be) who, in an attempt to build and certify to Passive House standards, has found the additional cost needed to squeeze the last bit of energy from the total...

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Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

...to block your venting. Below are a few more pages about things to look for as winter sets in and how to make the necessary repairs.

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High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

...your home, keeping them on power bars can make for an easy shut down when not in use. For new house starts, you can even incorporate 'kill switches' into your p...

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

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort and convenience

...to Wi-Fi, so you can track your consumption in real time and recognize your habits. You will begin to see when you use the most energy, and how to cut back your...

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

...more from Patrick about how to calculate a realistic building budget, and more importantly, how to build within it.

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

...house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, le...

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Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...top priority to Canadian homebuyers. Our recommendations for home renovations and upgrades prior to selling: Energy- efficient appliances: Make in...

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Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...your home In order to buy your new home, you need to sell the old one if you’re currently an owner. Before putting your home on the market, make an honest ...

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Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

...your head . It just ain't so, for your head or your roof. You won't gain heat from an un-insulated basement floor in winter. Heat moves from warm to cold se...

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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...your house. Energy is then stored in your walls, in the form of tiny sealed beads of liquid that used to be solid when your home was 22°C. A lot of unwanted hea...

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Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...to be after you've willed your house to your kids, it can be right away. Yes, a better-insulated house costs more to build, but that's only half the equati...

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