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Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Index 15 Registration date: February 12, 2015 Region: Saguenay, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rating: 15 kWh / m² Method of calculation: Modelled Built by owner Alain Hamel, the Kenogami House is located at Lac Kenogami, Saguenay, Quebec, and is a winner of the Green Builder® Home ...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...Index - check it out here . Artificial efficient energy saving lighting in the built environment affects natural human biorhythms, can lead to fatigue, and reduce our ability to concentrate - especially if the blue light content is too high. Whether we realize it or not, we are all directly affected by the amount and...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

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

...index of only 15 kWh per square meter - yet with a build cost equivalent to a standard code built home in the same area - which would only probably have managed a rating of 100 kWh per square meter. To read more about Passive House Certification & Design in North America see here , or for specifics about the differen...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Index program (PSI) of energy modelling designs from the benchmark of complete passive solar heating, this is not a rigid target. Depending on climate and other considerations (such as with the Kenogami House), achieving zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your building envelope, i...

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

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

...Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. The PSI program is the b...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...index that evaluates not only appliances and heating / cooling equipment, but also new and existing homes. Many other rating systems reference EnerGuide to grade homes. It's based on a 0 to 100 point scale, zero being the least energy efficient performance and 100 being the best. Energy auditors collect data on a hom...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...index (SRI), which is a measure of the ability of a constructured surface to reflect solar heat, measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being white and 100 being black. LEED points are awarded for surfaces with an SRI rating of 29 or under. Other permeable paving options: Permeable laneway paving stones © Expocrete...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Index 15 Registration date: August 25, 2015 Region: Outaouais, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rating: 15 kWh / m² Method of calculation: measured post-occupancy One of Edelweiss's most impressive attributes is its extremely low energy demands and operating costs. Energy-modeling sof...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Index program , Ecohome helps designers achieve their performance goals and offers them recognition for their efforts - regardless of onerous and potentially costly Passive House certification. Does the world need another home rating system? No, probably not, but thankfully, this isn't one. This is a service we pro...