Net zero houses / Guides

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

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

...Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver Step Code is well underway with the Greenest City 2020 initiative . BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide Message to BC general contractors about the new Step Code requirements, don’t panic! It’s not that crazy, and before you scratch a hole in your head rea...

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

...nets, as well as all storage units are also made with the same non-toxic plywood panels. This make them much more durable than the standard melamine cabinets that are usually installed, so they are easier to maintain and can be reused during a redesign. The cupboard doors in the entrance, living room, kitchen and bat...

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...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...houses that are going net-zero energy by popping on solar panels. But we kind of wanted to bring it down to the basics and just show how little energy a house needs to use. Yes, we could have installed solar panels on top of it, but there’s so little consumption as it is .” Also, added Mike, " utility power in this reg...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero energy homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy Community in Calgary, Alberta

...net zero energy homes , the first of its kind in Alberta. A ‘ Net Zero Energy ’ home on an annual basis generates as much or more power than it consumes, and each of these homes will achieve that. Wall panels and roof components were pre-made in the company’s manufacturing facility in Edmonton, then shipped to Calgar...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...Zero Net Energy Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home? And to see more guide pages in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings - Click Here

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...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 or floor, will of course vary by region. To draw the most sensible conclusions, designers should conduct specific energy modelling and make key decisions based on bal...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...NetZero, Zero Energy, Novoclimat, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge all have their raison d’être and were all created with the intention of easing the stress we’re putting on the planet by pushing the industry toward environmentally sound, super-efficient construction. If their objectives are indeed the same, why ...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...Zero Net Energy homes being built in the USA & Canada as part of the Green building trends for 2020 . Now you know more about the Tesla Solar Roof, Cost, Competitors & What our reviewers think, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing betwee...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...houses largely based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage; not many prospective buyers ask existing homeowners to cough up their utility bills, or developers to cough up energy modeling figures. If they did, then we would all see the merit of buying better performing houses. And here's the really c...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...Net Zero Energy and high-performance homes is consistently making the most of Passive Solar Gain , having a home where each day starts with fogged over windows is absolutely a huge detriment. A hidden effect of condensation on house windows is that once the sun does come up, which could and should be heating our high p...