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

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...heating. It also allowed for a 25kW solar array to be seamlessly incorporated into the design of the home. Community: The project is located within 500m of the University of Alberta, the North Saskatchewan River and an LRT station. To adhere to the principles of increased density within the urban core and to provide ...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...heating system in place that can operate in the absence of power, then there isn’t much that can be done in a moment’s notice beyond bundling up and being patient or seeking shelter elsewhere. If you have a gas fireplace and have never used it as emergency heating, read our page on ‘Resilient Home Design’ for more info...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...heating and cooling are most often the largest components of the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall eff...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...heating planet. The state’s temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate, with spring temperatures averaging about two to five degrees warmer than those of half a century ago. Fact: One of the more visible changes in the state is the retreat of ice on the Bering and Chukchi Seas, which this year disappear...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...heating system turned off for a 10 day stretch in February, yet maintained indoor temperatures in the mid 20s (°C) and dropped only to 20.4 °C after consecutive overcast days. To balance temperatures through the home, unheated water is pumped through the concrete slab floor to help transfer the warmth of the sun from...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...heating, swimming pool heating, or in conjunction with hydronic radiant heaters or radiant floors. The percentage of your heating demand that a collector will provide in any situation depends on solar availability and consumption; meaning, how efficient your home is, how big your pool is or how much hot water you consu...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...heating, passive cooling , and natural lighting design are even better because design features like that won’t break down and don’t require power. Building to survive climate change: The primary concern for people in most of Canada and other cold climates is the ability to stay warm in the event of a power outage, ...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...heating and cooling to stay comfortable. While this new see-through solar technology is a huge step in the right direction, only time will tell if and when it will become efficient enough to redeem the all mighty skyscraper from it's energy hog status. Here is how Ubiquitous describes their produts on their website...

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

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

...heating strategy involves an air-to-water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with providing air conditioning in summer, this system prevents the home from overheating...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...heating and cooling. It is exposed to the sun in winter and shaded in the summer. Image via nationalparks.org In reviving the ancient building technique of passive heating and cooling, the Saskatchewan Conservation House showed us what was possible in terms of solar heat collection and retention with modern buil...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...heating alone. That means that making the right energy choices for your home has a significant effect on not only your personal finances but also our environment. Choosing an energy source for your home can be a difficult decision. The cheaper options are often the most degrading to the environment, and the most eco-...