Net zero / Guides

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...net-zero ready’ house, often a modest photovoltaic solar system is all it takes to achieve the elusive $0 utility bill. R-2000 homes: This rating system was...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance home...

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

...Zero Net Energy , though the trend was led by improving building efficiency in homes once constructed – better insulation , better air-tightness , more efficien...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...net savings by reducing your monthly bills. Using low or zero VOC paints, solid wood cabinets, natural oils instead of varnish and avoiding chipboard cabinets...

BC Energy Step Codes - 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 ...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...net zero home grants & interest-free home retrofit Loans in 2020 if the Liberal's 2019 election promises come to fruition. How is an energy audit conducted? ...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit Loans program , but we will update this page when we have more information. The obligation to have a blower...

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, ...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

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

...net zero energy solar buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integrated photovoltaics, community based solar (including C...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. Increased durability and performance measures may add some upfron...

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 ...