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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...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...off, use of high reflecting landscaping materials, and placing of vegetable gardens. The new house Providing natural light and air was behind the idea...

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...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...off-grid' means you need to burn fossil fuels instead of tapping into clean energy from the grid, you are increasing your carbon footprint, not reducing it. A...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...off, it acts as a battery by slowly releasing the stored heat, so you avoid having to pay the higher rates during peak-hours. MIT Solar House via Wikimedia ...

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 abs...

How solar panels work
Renewable energy

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

Going solar at home is more straightforward and affordable now than ever before, with areas throughout Canada experiencing a jump in residential solar power in...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...offer your family a safe, warm home and enough to eat without relying on societal infrastructure is what defines resilience. After a lifetime of teaching it, Al...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orient...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

This project, affectionately referred to as Belgravia Green, is a collaboration between home owners, local experts and Effect Home Builders . Together they are...

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...

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