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Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

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Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...solar power generation: 10 questions to ask a solar panel installation contractor All about solar batteries for home power storage Choosing between a solar tracker or fixed solar mount Discover more about the Tesla Solar Panel special offer , find out more about solar photovoltaic panels here , or if you're...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...solar and wind projects cannot be built on residential properties but can be built on commercial properties and farmland not deemed residential. 60% of the manufacturing and/or production process for solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glycol and water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can ea...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...Ontario homes. The approach is intended to facilitate a smooth transition to greener technologies, not slam one door shut before others are opened. The five-year Action Plan is based on the 2015 Ontario Strategy on Climate Change. In May 2016, Ontario passed a historic law to help mitigate climate change and move tow...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...solar panels on the roof. This passive solar home will have an odour free composting toilet that turns it's waste into fertilizer, and be used in its own backyard for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the power grid and pre-fab straw bale...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY so...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...solar panels tied into the Ontario government’s FIT [Feed-in Tariff] program . This house is a merging of old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies. First steps Using an integrated design process where all consultants and the contractor meet at the very start and regularly thereafter saved time and money ...

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

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...solar panel than someone in Ontario for example. All this is to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with photovoltaic solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy P...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...Solar photovoltaic generation On-site wastewater treatment Earth tubes Solar hot water Stormwater control Geothermal heating and cooling Vegetated green roofs The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system focuses on measured performance of the building, and requires participa...