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Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Insulated Slab-on-grade Prefab kit In it's final destination in the cold climate of Wakefield Quebec, the finished Eco-Habitat S1600 kit house sits on a slab on grade form kit from Legalett with 6 inches of seamless insulation under the slab and on the exterior vertical surfaces. As the ground beneath this prefab kit...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...insulated with high density cellulose and an additional rigid insulation panel is fitted to the outside to wrap these homes in comfort and energy-efficiency. After being transported to site as a giant flat-pack, these panels are expertly assembled on-site. Each component has been pre-engineered for high performance a...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...insulated slab foundation. In the USA the EPA recommends that homeowners should take radon mitigation measures if the radon concentration exceeds 150 Bq / m 3 . Health Canada recommends that any homeowners with concentrations exceeding 200 Bq / m 3 should take action to reduce radon levels and safeguard interior air ...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...insulated. Given the same input of energy, the amount of heat added to a house through any source of electric resistance heat (like a toaster or electric stove) is equal to the heat delivered by conventional electric heating systems. Walking around your house with a hair dryer would be no less efficient (except in ...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building industry to use more eco-friendly building materials, and due to that demand, more manufacturers are showing up in the market all the ti...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...insulated and airtight building envelope before adding photovoltaic panels for make-up energy. Water conservation and material selection strategies are also commendable . Project Performance: Energy intensity 26 KWh/m2/year. All energy required on an annual basis is supplied by a 25KW photovoltaic array Potable w...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...insulated frames and gas-filled chambers between panes. Relative Humidity (RH) is also a factor - condensation is worsened by higher levels of humidity in homes. Lowering humidity levels should make a difference. To further reduce those risks, it's best not to install skylights near humid areas like kitchens and bath...

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

...insulated Timber framed, or otherwise using lots of natural wood Contemporary design with a single pitched shed style roof Resilient design, using well-chosen design details and high quality components, so that house will age well over decades Big stone fireplace with a high efficiency stove insert Orientat...

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

...insulated house we could be comfortable all year round AND reduce our energy consumption by 90%. It’s not just good for the wallet, it’s good for the planet. To read more about Passive House Certification & Design in Canada & USA see here , or for specifics about the differences between PHIUS & PHI certification for ...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...insulated and moderately sized house, you may be dead and gone before you get your money out of this system with the average home. For any building under 5,000 square feet, you'd be much better off financially by investing those tens of thousands of dollars into insulation. Photovoltaic solar panels (PV): It's not th...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...insulated house will have minimal heat requirements, so it will not need the same investment (often $10-20,000) in furnaces, ductwork, boilers, heat pumps etc. In a house that doesn't hemorrhage heat the way we are used to seeing, you may only need a small centralized heat source such as a single electric radiator, p...