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Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studies show that people who live and work in naturally lit environments are healthier, happier and more productive. Natural light can make a long winter much more bearable, but whatever the season, well-...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “say...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...naturally lit living spaces. Following in the footsteps of the Beachaus I project, Beachaus II from Inhaus Developments has again proven that luxury living and sustainable housing are perfectly compatible. Efficient design, durability, air quality and natural lighting are cornerstones of both sustainable housing and ...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...lighting technology and use of natural material create a unique changing ambience throughout the course of a day. The flat roof design allows for a green roof or the installation of solar panels. Hats off to the designers, this would be a pretty sweet place to call home. See more Tiny Houses Here in the EcoHome Gre...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...natural surroundings. Green space is increased with the installation of green roofs and the replacement of the paved backyard with a plant-filled oasis. Through careful spatial organization, passive strategies such as natural ventilation, passive cooling, daylighting, and solar gain were maximized. These were integra...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...Natural daylight from the skylights can now penetrate the core of house. The energy savings from natural daylight phases well with energy-efficient LED and CFL lighting as day passes into night. Water conservation, such as on-site rainwater drainage collection to a drywell, which will be eventually be upgraded to a c...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...Natural lighting: CIRS’ U-shape design maximizes natural daylight and fresh air for inhabitants, who control their environment (light levels, temperature) with their computers. Flexible workspaces: With power, data and ventilation under modular floorboards (instead of through walls or ceilings) at each workspace, off...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Natural lighting Covered parking and entrances Materials chosen to ensure minimal maintenance and maximum thermal comfort Resilience: Climatic conditions change daily, annually and over the course of a century. A resilient building is one that maintains its performance in the face of i...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...lighting in the built environment affects natural human biorhythms, can lead to fatigue, and reduce our ability to concentrate - especially if the blue light content is too high. Whether we realize it or not, we are all directly affected by the amount and quality of light we are exposed to. As most of our daylight ho...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Also think to fix dripping faucets using our handy guide ! Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design interior for this off-grid home © Craig Anderson ...

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

...natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the use of susta...