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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...

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...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a s...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

Heating when the grid is down: Beyond lighting, cooking and general home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security in a power outage is not be...