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Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...off-grid. Pop-can solar panels: This is nothing short of brilliant and could be the only solid reason to justify drinking pop. It is however a rather time con...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...offers solar panels to rent , making PV solar systems far more accessible to homeowners). The premise behind this philosophy is that in times when hot water i...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

SAB: What does the CaGBC hope to achieve with the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative? Mark Hutchinson: The CaGBC launched the zero carbon building initiative...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News , Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The followin...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...off, where Alain Hamel lives in Northern Quebec (marked on the map to the right) is on the far edge of where this is even possible. Because of his particularl...

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...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...off-grid eco home , or are budgeting for extensive solar pv panels to charge up the Tesla, make sure you've accurately budgeted for a building lot that's within...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...off 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 ab...

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...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...off-grid house, build a small, off grid-house. Build it as small as you can comfortably and legally get away with, and put it on a well-insulated slab-on-grade ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

EcoHome is in the process of building our next demonstration low-energy house , and to do so we have partnered with a company that manufactures frost-protected...