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Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...heating and cooling to modern Passive House home building . Because let's get one thing straight - Passive Solar heating and cooling as a concept has been around for thousands of years . When early man was cold and it was sunny out he sat in the sun, when he was cold and it was overcast he sought shelter and lit a fire...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...heating system, the plumbing contractor will install a network of cross-linked polyethylene piping (PEX). The reinforcement mesh is often used as a grid for attaching the piping. Plastic zip ties work great in this capacity, but ensure the ends are cut or secured, and do not protrude above the level of concrete to be p...

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

...heating in the summer. Looking on the internet also meant discovering lots of books and equipment for off-grid living , that is interesting to browse through. While there were a lot of interesting ideas here, clearly I was going to need further inspiration elsewhere. And I did go on to find further work on passive ...

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.

While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, and writing about Passive House, we were in contact with Harold Orr, a world-renowned environmental engineer, pioneer of the very concept of 'green building'. and who was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his pioneering contribution to energy-ef...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...heating design and the use of thermal mass to balance interior temperatures. When well-organized and thoughtfully executed, such components can lead to significantly reduced resource consumption during the operation of a home. The stated performance goals of the Toronto Healthy House were as follows: It should co...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...heating, passive cooling , and natural lighting design are even better because design features like that won’t break down and don’t require power. Building to survive climate change: The primary concern for people in most of Canada and other cold climates is the ability to stay warm in the event of a power outage, ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...heating (and/or cooling costs). In 5 years the investment is paid and you will keep an extra $400 a month in your jeans for as long as you live in the home. That is a simple equation to answer one simple question of when the actual money spent will be back in the bank. Beyond that, a well-insulated house is, for many...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...heating your pool water. If you do have a heat pump, then you’ll have to either put that on the same timer routine, or not use one at all, as they rely on the filtration pump pushing the water around in order to cycle the unit heating the water. Otherwise, if you have solar panels for heating your pool , be sure to f...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...heating costs could be among the highest. A high-performance stationary house many times the size could easily be built to require less heat than a mobile tiny house. And in a perfect world, people would live in smaller stationary homes. When tiny homes make sense: To reduce the operational cost of a tiny house it ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...heating and cooling Use less than 120 kWh/m2 for its total energy use Have less that 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals Hit specific comfort targets (i.e., the indoor air temperature mustn’t exceed 25°C for more than 10% of the year and the temperature can’t be more than 4°C cooler near a window). The sta...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...heating courtesy of the winter sun. This main room is 650 sqft and provides a genuinely open feeling by the way it's arranged, even in the most compact version at only 550 sqft overall. "By removing the barriers between rooms and creating long sight lines, it's possible to live in more compact areas yet have a real...