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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...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...net-metering, you will want to take this into consideration to program your battery system for optimal benefit. If you are not storing solar power but count o...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...Net Zero labelled homes and Passive House that may make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives , all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

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, w...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your building envelope, in terms of resiliency we would always recommend an additional...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...networks, which is the most economical option in every respect, particularly in terms of maintenance and repair. Words of advice offered in hindsight from one...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved , written by Craig Anderson as he documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we w...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

What is Passive Solar Heating & Cooling? Passive heating and cooling of homes is not new . The above image is of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Pueb...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Net Zero labelled homes , LEED for Homes and Passive House that may help you qualify for incentives, all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Hom...