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Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...e-bike… which gives some exercise while taking the strain out of it! Are Ebikes legal? Electric bike sales have exploded in recent years and prices online are really quite reasonable. There are 3 classes of E bike; class 2 and 3 bikes may cause you grief legally speaking, but class 1 E bikes generally don’t require...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...e tree-line separating the house from the shore. Skinned in semi-transparent black-stained eastern-white cedar, the house recedes against the forest backdrop. The design, oriented 20° west of south, takes advantage of passive solar orientation . The three-metre deep cantilevered roof provides shade in the summer, and...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...ely referred to as Belgravia Green, is a collaboration between home owners, local experts and Effect Home Builders . Together they are pushing the envelope to design and build Net Zero Energy homes that produce as much energy throughout the year as they consume. Net Zero Energy home © Effect Home Builde...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...e to temperature changes. This can extend the life of the seals,delaying the inevitable day when the gas escapes. They can be made in a variety of colours, as well as with a wood laminate interior for a more traditional look. Fibreglass frames are the preferred material of the LEED for Homes rating system due to pe...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...entilate the home without depending on mechanical systems, a means of emergency exit, and they offer an alternative way to heat homes free of charge through passive solar heating . But they are also holes in our wall structure, making them by far the weakest part of the thermal envelope of any home unless we choose goo...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...es, and it does little for profits, so it's not often that developers choose the high performance route unless buyers demand it. The houses being build today do not meet the challenges houses will face in the future, nor does the energy performance of code-built homes reflect our climate crisis and the urgent need to...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...e Heating - Which Types are Best? Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Related topics to how well heat pumps work In LEED or Passive House homes : The benef...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...ept. It is an ancient and relatively easy concept that has been overlooked in home construction for generations. To see more about Passive Solar heated homes see here , to discover about Passive House Certification and Design see here , both from EcoHome's Green Building Guides To see more videos from EcoHome dem...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...e cleaning them, moisture venting valves are then installed in those holes to make sure air can flow through and remove moisture in the future so the problem doesn't reoccur. This creates a convection loop in between the panes, so after a repair, a double-pane window may perform more like a single-pane window. While th...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...er when there are more of them out there so their performance can be better measured. The risk to the envelope if poorly installed: Each new opening in the building envelope presents a new potential point of air leakage and moisture damage. By multiplying the openings, it also increases the risk. So, seal the sleeves...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...e weakest performing point in a building envelope (one would hope at least), so that’s why we used triple-glazed argon-filled passive house performance windows when we built our experimental high-performance demonstration homes : like the LEED Platinum Kenogami House , the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , and the LEE...