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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...

BC Energy Step Codes - 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...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...lower than a condensing boiler. Both types of boilers are compatible with hydronic heating systems. Gas fireplace: A gas fireplace is an efficient way to heat a home and it creates a nice atmosphere. Source heating is quite enjoyable, and it can allow for heat savings if unoccupied rooms in the house are kept at a ...

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
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...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...Lower BC Mainland) Rainwater recycling ICF foundations Solar thermal Solar PV In-home energy monitoring and tracking Concrete made from recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential pr...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...lower radon gas levels in homes, research shows (see below) that thicker membranes offer more effective protection. In this video we are installing a 10 mil vapour barrier but we would probably use a thick vapor barrier like this one in future as the cost and quality is superior. The thicker barrier is not only bette...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...lower volume and more expensive. Collapsible bladder systems can be installed out of the way under decks. Here's an interesting set up: Other considerations: If you use rainwater for showering, be aware of the difficulties matching different water pressures. The mains pressure is oft...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...lower than Health Canada’s current radon guideline of 200 Bq /m3. With the help of Radon Environmental , Air Solutions and SAF Combustion , we have been monitoring the levels (which are now about 80% lower) and will continue to adjust the flow-rates as well as intake and exhaust locations for optimum radon removal. W...

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 ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...lower monthly costs (not higher, as can be the misconception) when a construction budget is weighted more towards reducing heat loss rather than complex and expensive heating systems and the utility bills that come with them. When a design team focuses on heat retention rather than heat generation, the net result can...