Passive House construction / Guides

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 ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...passive solar slab-on-grade construction Slab-on-Grade Construction is best if: Slab on grade polished concrete floor © Bala Structures A slab floor is a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great plac...

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

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...construction, the Endeavour Centre will have an entirely sustainable home to sell, and the students that built it will have certification in green building. Expected to cost $250,000 to complete and cost about 15% over market value, this house will be more than worth the cost when you see (or don’t see) your bills at t...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...Construction: McGraw Hill Construction provides essential data, news, insights, and intelligence to better inform construction professionals' decisions and strengthen their market position. McGraw Hill Construction's data, analytics, and media businesses – Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, and Engineering News-Rec...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...Passive House & LEED ready Kit Homes available in Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire see here © SeeVirtual © SeeVirtual For more information, please visit inhaus.ca

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 ...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada. About LEED in Canada LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immed...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...passive or active refers only to whether or not you force interior air through it with the intent of increasing the rate of purification. The mechanical system of a passive wall involves only water and nutrient delivery and counts on the natural air flow through a house or building to provide any improvement to air q...

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 in winter is pretty strong, so for those determined to bask in a warm sunny enviroment, here is a guide detaling the best practices for greenhouse construction in a cold climate . Now you've learned all about Solariums in cold climates, to better understand the principles of Passive Solar home design, and how t...

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 ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Passive House, ZNE, Passive Solar or Zero Energy Green Home Construction , we can say definitively that the tips below become even more pertinent the higher-performance the home is designed to be - and especially important if using the latest generation suspended-film insulating-glass glazing units and windows . Wi...