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Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

A resilient home for Sustainability Northern Quebec isn’t a place where one might expect to look for a model of resilience . It’s bone-chilling cold in the w...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...grid, so any surplus power generated will be fed back into the grid system. Conversely, the home will draw from the grid when insufficient power is being suppli...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...offset by savings in heating bills. So there is actually more money in your jeans at the end of every month, starting immediately, and tons waiting for you at t...

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

...offer shading in summer as well as heat in the winter after the leaves have fallen off. Despite the time we spend opening and closing curtains to keep the sun...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection and render the system useless for a period of time. This brings us to the Vitosol 200-FM flat plate collector from Viessmann. The Vitosol panel has an abs...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...offee - a very hot cup will drop its first 10 degrees much faster than it will drop ten degrees when it's only lukewarm. To equate that same principle to an o...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way, a secondary accommodation on top of the garage and two electric vehicles. In designing the home we applied the principles of passive solar design , in...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...grid and receive premium prices for any excess energy produced above the needs of the property. In 2009, along with the introduction of the Ontario Green Ener...

Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

...grid-like design of plywood, and is insulated with Roxul mineral wool , a recycled stone dust insulation. The wall thickness and level of insulation varies slig...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes? the grid’ and it is a great way for the rest of us to do our bit towards preventing climate change. This sustainable method of producing energy has been e...