Passive House certification / Guides

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...passive solar gain . This results in significant energy savings for this model of home over winter. At the same time, to prevent overheating in summer from this vast expanse of glass, and to protect the walls from rainfall, the passive house standard triple-glazed windows are complimented by carefully calculated roof o...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...house that is 14°C (as these lovely people do) and you need to keep a fire going all day to warm it up, your house is not staying warm by itself. In reality, an Earthship in Canada is a predominantly passively-heated home that burns biomass and fossil fuels for supplimentary heat and power; it is insulated with foam ...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...certification programs such as , LEED for Homes and Passive House , and Net Zero labelled homes visit the Ecohome green building guide pages . Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative © CaGBC

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

...certification programs such as Passive House and LEED are a great start, but some other programs that may be on the fringe at the moment like Powerhouse Positive Energy Buildings , Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating or Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. In...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...house that is poorly-insulated may need an extra-large stove, an 1,800 sq. ft. house that is super-insulated may need an extra-small stove. There are even houses like passive solar homes that could probably be kept warm with a fondue pot and a few mood candles. So don't buy based on your square footage alone. If you ...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...certification standards , or Passivehouse certification in North America , which already means building to a much more efficient and sustainable standard. Overall though, as a builder or general contractor your job won’t actually be that much different - get plans passed, follow them, build better. The key will be ensu...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...houses of the 20th century, so if you are building or renovating a reasonably airtight house, especially if going for Passive House or LEED certification , don't lose sleep over which one to get, ERV or HRV – just get one. For more articles on HRV & ERV Ventilation Systems, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Gu...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...Passive House certification easier , or the Solar Panels Special Offer from Tesla in September 2019!

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Passive House certification in North America , Passive Solar Homes & LEED certified homes. Slab on Grade Foundation © Yanni Milon for Ecohome Sacrifices, challenges and solutions: In order to be able to make an informed decision about this type of foundation, there are several precautionary ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose between the quickest way, the safest way, the most scenic way or which route has the most gas stations or least amount of hills. S...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...house can receive Novoclimat certification if the contractor provides a turnkey service; $1,500 for a pre-fabricated home where you do a portion of the assembly and installation work that pertains to Novoclimat requirements. The house cannot receive Novoclimat certification but could be granted a performance certific...