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Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...windows , high-efficiency heating and ventilation systems to keep the overall consumption of the home as low as possible, and then renewable energy sources like...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...windows, face as many of them south as you can to gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free heat. Further to that, the house is powered b...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...install an interior polyethylene vapour barrier. Since we build outside with wet materials, buildings start out wet. Over their service life they will continual...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...windows. "We had a sofa leaning against the glass wall in the middle of the solarium, and when sitting there in winter it often felt like there was a window ope...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...installed poorly, installation is best left to professionals. Chimney installation will be extra, so expect to pay at least $1500; more if the exhaust has to ...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...installed in clusters of 3 or 4 times the amount you might have used otherwise. That starts to add up when you consider installation as well as operation, so be...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...installation of at least a soil-gas membrane and the rough-in of a radon mitigation stack that can be activated in the event that the finished house has high le...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...install radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement because your radon levels are above recommended levels, then the first step to starting the work and instal...

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

...install, so a last minute upgrade was done during installation. According to the energy modeling that we did after the house was complete, it turns out that R...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...windows you install. If you ran an energy simulation model to find out how well a wall would perform but you neglected to calculate thermal bridges, you would...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and opening the windows will create drag and red...