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Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

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

...lower bills for years to come. In terms of product lifespan, the coating is said to be effective for more than 20 years. Reduced condensation on windows Another benefit to SketchNanoGard that improves home durability is how it can prevent condensation from forming on window interiors by as much as 50% . Cold surfac...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

The first step to building a durable and energy-efficient home in North America, including Passive house to PHIUS standards , LEED or Net Zero Homes is knowing your climate zone. Just as we need to wear different outfits in different climates, homes need to be properly designed to meet the temperatures, humidity level...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...lower environmental footprint. Solidia’s concrete is formulated with less lime and is cured at lower temperatures than similar products - 1250° C kiln temperature compared to the usual 1450° C. Normal concrete production consumes an equal amount of water to solid material, which is necessary for the chemical reaction...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...lower carbon footprint. It's lightweight, made with synthetic gypsum and has recycled paper on both sides. In addition, we used CGC Dust Control® Brand Drywall Compound which meant we were exposed to less airborne particles during sanding than we would have been with other brands. Watch more EcoHome Green Build...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...lower interest rate or higher energy costs will have the effect of improving the economic advantage of a better-insulated home, higher mortgage rates will have the opposite effect. Worthy of note: A well-insulated passively heated house will require less frequent injections of heat, making it possible to limit heating ...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...lower door test and meet the target set out by your municipal building inspectors. Conventional building designs that builders are familiar with can still meet the standards of the lower steps (with additional attention on air tightness as mentioned above). City officials recommend establishing an integrated design t...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...lower quality, and walls that are not well-insulated. CONDUCTION refers to the heat that moves through solid materials, like your insulation or the wooden studs on either side of it. When a high-conducting material like concrete, metal or wood spans an entire wall assembly, it provides easy passage for heat to leave ...

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

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...lower light transmittance on the roof. We recommend hail-resistant polycarbonate plastic with at least 2 air pockets for insulation. See this installed on our video here . 6.) Use Thermal Mass An extremely important part of solar greenhouse design is planning enough thermal mass , either via water, masonry or soil ...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...lower than what would be produced by the same test on a natural gas furnace of similar size. John Bordynuik, President & CEO. There is no question that what we are talking about here is still burning fossil fuels. The difference in this case, is that these fossil fuels have effectively seen the end of their usefu...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance homes seem to cost between 5 and 15% more. But when you factor in reduced energy costs, payback on that additional investment...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...lower on another; the relationship between heat movement and insulation is a bit like that. The cold hard facts about heat loss: Yes, a bit more heat is lost through the ceiling than the walls, but not nearly as much as much as you might think. The rate of heat loss from any surface of your home depends on the di...