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Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Zero VOC Paints and sealants (Volatile Organic Compounds) Radon venting Merv 11 air filters Formaldehyde-free cabinetry Co² detectors No PVC Coal an...

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 stre...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...zero VOC paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at 24" centres w...

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 5: 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...

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

...net also meant discovering lots of books and equipment for off-grid living , that is interesting to browse through. While there were a lot of interesting idea...

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

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...net, which I use to check the system remotely and send regular system status updates by email to myself. Solar panel orientation for off grid power generation...

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 LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...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...

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...