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LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...Passive House Certification or other Green home rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

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Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...Canada, and LEED platinum is the highest award. The living Building standard exceeds that. There are 7 components to the Living Building Challenge: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. As of yet, no building in Canada has been able to succeed in all categories. When completed Peterborough will...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...Canada, tested the product on seven new homes under construction and relayed the following results: "On average, the process took less than an hour and a half. Houses that at first had ratings of 2 air changes per hour (ACH) were brought to as low as 0.39, exceeding Passive House requirements, which are 0.6 ACH.” We ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...House Canada , Winter 2014/15 issue. Kyle England is an architect with William Dewson Architects, www.dewson.com. Farnham Avenue House is a single-family detached residential infill project. Some of the eco-friendly design aspects are time honoured such as, vertical ventilation and natural daylight shafts, dy...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...house Group website are that a building must - “during its lifetime produce more renewable energy than it uses for materials, production, operation, renovation, and demolition.” In short, a certified Powerhouse stands out from a Passive House or Net Zero home for example, by offsetting the energy costs of operation A...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...house was built outside of them. 11. More options for Green building certifications Passive House certified homes consume about 90% less energy that a code-built house . As a green home certification program, Passive House is getting a boost from some regional building codes in the form of financial incentives that...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Canada on how low-rise housing can be built, which helps lower monthly costs for residents and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I applaud these nation leading efforts" says Chris Higgins, CaGBC Program Leader of LEED for Homes Canada. Building codes for construction should be seen in the same light as minimum wages ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Passive solar heating Passive solar heating is the concept of using home design and orientation to collect heat directly from the sun. No panels, no wires, no tubes, that’s why it’s called ‘passive’. By having 60% of your windows facing south and building your house within 15 degrees of the east/west axis, you can ...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Canada, especially for healthcare facilities, hotels and motels, multifamily projects, schools, college buildings and dormitories. We at Ecohome see significant interest in the prefab LEED, Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont,...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...house. We would instead float the idea of a conventionally built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhouse for growing ornamental plants or perhaps food, that presents even greater concerns. A greenhouse fu...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...houses. So a slightly more aesthetic design might be required in a house than in a workshop or garage to store some of the heat generated by a passive solar air heating system. Specifically with greenhouses built in cold climates , they have a tendency to overheat in the day but sometimes get too cool at night for yo...