Net zero energy / Guides

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Energy audits help identify easy home energy efficient upgrades that can save money. What is home energy modelling? Home energy modeling is conducted prior to building to anticipate future energy costs . It is also called home energy modelling sometimes, depend...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...energy and water consumption and waste diversion. The results were compelling: A 312,006 C02e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 58,980 cars off the roads for a year. Energy savings of 1,600,321 eMWh, enough to power 54,307 homes in Canada for a full year. Home water conservatio...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...energy from the air. It doesn't appear they are available in North America unfortunately as this would be a fantastic addition to homes that were attempting to reach Zero Net Energy, as it an provide comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testin...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Energy - 1 Imperative 7) Net zero energy: One hundred percent of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis. Health - 3 Imperatives 8) Civilized environment: Every room of interior living space must have operable windows. 9) Healthy air: To ensure safe in...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...energy consumption and net zero water use. A simple and elegant building that speaks to a different way of living in harmony with the environment. Within a protected cove along the south shore of Nova Scotia, at the end of a stretch of sand, a river empties out into the sea. Time and tides have created a one-kilometr...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...Zero Net Energy Home is now so minimal (if you're talking to the right Home Builders, it's around 5% - which you'll save on utility bills in no time). The best route forward may of course be different when talking about an old inefficient home that could require a colossal investment to improve its performance and ener...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...ENERGY program, funded and run by Natural Resources Canada , focuses on introducing and developing renewable energy sources both across the country and internationally. Their current projects include research into net zero energy solar buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integr...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...Energy Step Code , which demands the highest performance of any provincial code in Canada, in a move towards achieving the province's goals of having all buildings be Zero Net Energy ready by 2050 . So, what is the right amount of insulation in a home? The right amount of insulation in a home - be that attic, walls...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...energy and operating energy with the S1600, which showed embodied energy as a small fraction of the total foorprint, and compared that to the embodied energy in homes built to code, was about half, as seen in the chart below. Percentage of embodied energy compared to total lifespan operational energy required of th...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...energy and operating energy If you consider the useful life of a building, about half of its carbon footprint comes from grey energy – or embodied carbon, and the other half comes from operating energy. The grey energy consumed during the construction phase causes a one-off embodied carbon emission: when the building...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...net of resilient design, and I was very pleased that our house did so well. Though we hope the house to be net-zero-energy in its operation—with space heating, water heating, cooking, and almost everything else, powered by a 12 kW solar-electric system—we can heat the place just fine with our small wood stove if we nee...