Net zero / Guides

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, ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...netrate 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 con...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 4: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...net system While it was appealing to have no phone or internet at our home in the woods, it wasn't practical. Both my wife's and my work depend on being inter...

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...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

The following is a firsthand account of a building project by Craig Anderson and his wife France-Pascale Ménard who bought a large piece of land in West Quebec...

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...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

All about off-grid power generation

...net, which I use to check the system remotely and send regular system status updates by email to myself. Solar panel orientation There is a simple rule of thumb...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...net... Finished Passive House standard home This article was written by owners and builders Win and Tim Naugler, and first published ...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid heating systems

...net systems. -Increase the amount of solar panels. During the first winter, the generator was needed relatively frequently over a 6 month period from the fall...

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...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, and writing about Passive House, we were in contact with Harold Orr, a world-renowned enviro...