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

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

...passive & active energy Passive solar heating refers to designing a home to collect heat from the sun . Passive cooling means providing natural shading to cool a home (such as deciduous trees, awnings or sun shades) . Passive heating and cooling using diagram © EcoHome As the word 'passive' indicates, there...

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...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...house with an active solar panel system becomes more realistic. Even more so if you design for passive heating as well, which can potentially cut demand in half on its own. It is our humble opinion that financial resources are often squandered in home construction when we assume there is no affordable performance opt...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...House on episode 3808. Check the Aerobarrier dealer locator on their website to find out if there is a contractor in your area. Read more about Air Barriers or Air sealing a home during construction or renovation , see here. Choosing air barrier membranes, all about Passive House construction and High performance bui...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...house 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 are for salaries. Neither represents the higher end of their scale, rather they are there to protect us from...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...house dimensions and the volume of air in the home. Standard new home construction in North America seems to return an average air leakage rate of about 3 air changes per hour. Some building rating systems set ACH targets that must be achieved. The Passive House air leakage rate has to be 0.6ACH or lower , which is sev...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...construction practices. Here is what you might have heard and already think about straw bale homes: They are too labour-intensive and therefore expensive. They can't handle the humid climate. The risk of water damage during construction is too great. They look like a gnome's house. They will be infested with bugs a...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...passive house performance windows when we built our experimental high-performance demonstration homes : like the LEED Platinum Kenogami House , the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , and the LEED Platinum solar air heated S-1600 Wakefield House . What are suspended-film insulating glass windows? What we personally ...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...construction, but that is changing. Even if you have no intention to certify your home to LEED or Passive House standards , look for contractors that have worked on such projects. If you are unsuccessful in finding experienced green builders, find some you trust that show an interest in learning. You can present it a...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...house, Canada's first LEED Platinum V4 Home is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a high performance building envelope developed by the Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in Alaska. REMOTE stands for 'Residential Exterior Membrane Outside-insulation TEchnique' . Edelweiss house LEED Platinum V4 wall assembly de...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...Passive House and LEED certification ready . Can a renovation project be LEED certified? Renovations are eligible, as long as it involves a renovation of the building envelope (wall system). Renovation projects that only involve a single part of a home like kitchens or bathrooms are not eligible. When is it to la...