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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...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...ern and Central USA. These extreme summer temperatures pose a very real health risk to the most vulnerable members of society. There are some tips to help keep a home cool during a heat wave, but faced with long spells of very high temperatures, that becomes increasingly difficult to do as heat is stored in the therm...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...eenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise efficient energy syste...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...eceive an adjusted bill, or even sweeter, a cheque. Your highest solar gain comes during the midday sun, a time when most of us aren’t home. And your greatest consumption comes generally in evenings when there is little sun. Net metering removes the need for battery systems in order to benefit from the power you gene...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...e-fab homes are a very credible option for high performance home construction. When it comes to high efficiency sustainable housing , until recently prefab homes didn't even show up on the radar. A few companies in recent years have taken huge steps to change that, notably with the recent completion of the Beachaus I...

E-bikes and electric scooters- green transportation
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Why you should get an E-bike now

...e style you that best serves your needs . There are many different Ebike styles and designs to suit any need. There are basic affordable commuter road ebikes, Cargo ebikes, folding ebikes, and climbing ebikes. We are not bike reviewers, so please be sure to check out specifications and reviews in detail. Best is to d...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...e minds of a marketing department - they were designed, engineered and built that way. " Bâtiment Pré-Fab and Écohabitation were outstandingly compatible partners in this project. The experience and expertise of all those involved benefitted the performance and quality of these green prefab homes " confirmed Rob Mine...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...e the idea of affordable green prefab home kits that are a little larger and family sized, see here for the full range available. An Affordable Modern Tiny House prefab home floor plan - Le Refuge - see details here Now you know more about the beautiful and Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green pref...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...es we've seen in one seriously green way - recyclability during its inevitable deconstruction. Building materials that have been spray-foamed have only one foreseeable resting place in their future, a land fill. This house on the other hand, looks to be easily disassembled and recyclable at the end of its life. In me...

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

...earby deciduous trees may extend the annual amount of usable time a solarium will offer, by reducing the input of unwanted heat in the summer, yet also allowing the winter sun to enter. On the other hand, Denis Boyer's experience in terms of what benefits tree coverage offers is mixed; “Leaves offered some shading ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...ere on the committee that designed it, we wanted to see if there were better ways to apply some of the features that were used on this house. The grey water heat recovery unit has been reengineered and is now available for installation in new homes and can be retrofitted in older homes. Several companies are now ...