Light well / Guides

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design that can illuminate hazards at night and allow you to identify visitors, yet not create light pollution for yourself and neighbours. A light well can bring natural light into a space from several stories above. Different colours of light All sources of light have different colours (light temperat...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...Light well with a reflective tube may be a better option than a skylight © Skylights Plus Instead of a skylight, consider a light well There is an alternative to skylights that you may be interested in exploring - light wells . A light well is a sealed tube that can bring natural light far into homes without bein...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It complements other green building rating systems such as LE...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...light for year-round growth, you want to maximize light and heat during the winter months. You can do this by choosing a glazing material with a high light-transmittance , like clear glass, on vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the w...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...light as well as passive cooling in the summer months. The interior volume is simple and minimally detailed. The space is differentiated by two elements: the structural steel frames, and an interior birch-clad 'box' that houses all of the functional elements of the house including the kitchen, mechanical equipment, a...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light Light switches can come in contact with many different fingers over the course of a day. Switching to smart light switches can mean one point of common contact and a possible surface for virus transmission is eliminated. By using a voice activated home system like Alexa, Google Home or Apple Home Kit, we can...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...light bounces off an uneven surface, and predict its dispersion. This makes it possible to predict how light will react with all types of reflectors, even imperfect ones since reflectors do not necessarily behave like mirrors. The model was tested in real-life conditions in Kingston, Ontario and produced impressive r...

Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green home livable to you?

...light or daylight, fresh air, views, connection to nature, neighbourhood or community, proximity to transit and services, smaller/well-designed spaces/layout, security and privacy [quiet], indoor comfort, pets, friends and family, storage, personalization, flexibility, creative spaces, and spaces that replace the singl...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...light in a home means better quality of life, and makes financial sense as well. For little or no cost, instead of sitting in a dark room with a heater on, you can bask in the bright light and free heat of the sun. That, in a nutshell, is passive home design. And it can costs you absolutely nothing. So don't be intim...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...light and fresh air improve immune system function and your mood. We’ve all been guilty of not wanting to go outside on occasion if it’s cold or raining, and before you know it an entire day (or two) can go by and you’ve not even stepped foot outside. Considering that natural light is super important for our mood, well...

Grey water and heat recovery shower

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...well. The EcoVéa shower by Reveeco is made in Quebec, Canada, and works based on the same principles as the Orbys we recently wrote about. Which one is better? Hard to tell, but both are light years ahead of the showers most people jump in on a daily basis. Reveeco provides a savings calculator on their website so yo...