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Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

The principles of green building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...insulated or not insulated at all, and if they are, they almost always trap moisture within wall assemblies. This leads to preventable mold growth and rotting in basement walls - often caused by interstitial condensation . The following basement insulation techniques listed here are designed to offer the most sensibl...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...insulated to R32, more than 3 times what is normally used in new builds. This seems extreme to some, but that is simply because floors are chronically under-insulated and any addition to that can be a foreign concept to lot of builders. Having a heated floor is not an argument against greater insulation, it is actual...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...insulated with? L. McC : The igloo is insulated from the noise and cold by 10,000 pounds of recovered clothing loaned to us for the event. The key to its performance is the continuity of the vapor barrier (interior) and the air barrier (exterior). Us: How is the sun used to heat and power the igloo? L. McC : Rece...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation over a Basement when building a home. It's also important to understand how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation . WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost al...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...insulated suburban house with a solar water heater is less ‘green’ than living in a poorly insulated house on a good bus route. Another problem related to unrestrained urban sprawl is the disappearance of good farm land and natural habitats. Cities large and small continue to expand outward into pristine wildernesses...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...insulated these days, and the heat lost from insulated pipes is really nothing to write home about. All that heat loss isn’t even a loss in winter months, it’s simply heat. Tankless water heaters are more commonly found in European countries rather than North America, for the simple reason of saving space. In Europe ...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...insulated with vapor-permeable wood fiber panels , and dense-packed cellulose insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 750 square feet seems just a little too cozy for you, keep in mind that plans can be ...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...insulated, the level of attic insulation, the quality of your windows, and a blower door test to see how much heat loss there is from air leaks . A blower door test identifies air leaks for repair to make homes more energy efficient. Are energy audits free for Canadians? Energy audits for government green hom...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Insulated and Non-Insulated Gypsum Board Protected Wall Assemblies: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...insulated to R-60 and the ceiling to R-100. Hyper-insulating a home will add cost of course, up until a certain point. With such extreme insulation , builder Forest Pearson was able to avoid the cost of installing a furnace and ductwork, instead opting for a modest amount of baseboard heaters - not our favorite as ba...