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Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Novoclimat : Financial assistance for the purchase of a Novoclimat home . $2,000 for a house that has been Novoclimat-certified and built entirely on site by a Novoclimat-certified contractor $2,000 for a pre-fabricated home assembled entirely by a Novoclimat-certified contractor. The house can receive Novoclimat...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - Design, practicality, energy-performance & affordability in one home This modular modern design can be seated on helical piles (screw piles) or slab-on-grade & f...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...Novoclimat certified (minimum 25% energy savings compared to conventional housing), you can even find LEED and Passive House pre-fab kit homes . There are two significant environmental benefits with prefab houses: their components have never been exposed to the elements, and all their cuts are made at the factory whe...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...Novoclimat (Quebec only): A Government of Quebec program to encourage energy efficiency in new home construction. A Novoclimat home uses 25% less energy than a home built to code, but requirements are poised to change in the summer of 2012. Novoclimat focuses primarily on the building envelope, blower door tests are ...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Novoclimat if in Canada - as standard! Every tiny detail of design has been optimized for performance in the Abri range of high-end prefab eco homes - especially around the high performance door and window openings - and eliminates thermal bridging . "We have acheived an outstanding level of sealing for water, ai...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - design, practicality, energy-performance & affordability in one home This modular modern design can be seated on helical piles (screw piles) or slab-on-grade & f...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Novoclimat, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge all have their raison d’être and were all created with the intention of easing the stress we’re putting on the planet by pushing the industry toward environmentally sound, super-efficient construction. If their objectives are indeed the same, why not redirect the energ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Novoclimat and Passivhaus. They are also mandatory in some regional building codes, but they are not found in Earthships. Instead, an Earthship gets ventilation through what they call earthtubes, and ventilation openings in the roof. In the Earthship Seminar 2009 video, Reynolds speaks of 'ventilation without heat lo...