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LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for commercial buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial program has been in effect for much longer, LEED for Homes...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...designed top to bottom as green eco homes with certified sustainable credentials for materials and performance - which truly sets them apart. Prefab Canadian-Built eco homes - by design Here we take a closer look at the PARA-SOL Architecture designed S1600 LEED ready modern prefab home , which offers a well-execute...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...passive solar design by offering shade in the summer, yet allowing the sun to pass through in winter for solar heat gain. Preserve natural materials: If you’re building on rich top soil, set it aside and cover it with a tarp for future use. Rocks that come out during excavation can be save...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Passive House Design Plans, the original Passive House looks like this on the design Second you can use rigid foam insulation on the exterior of the wall. The problem is that foam insulations are 5 to 15 times more expensive per Rvalue than the mineral fibre insulations that are used in walls. So the wall...

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 . Window flashing detail in a high-performance home with exterior insulation © Glen Sakuth Angled bottom sills: by...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...design, oriented 20° west of south, takes advantage of passive solar orientation . The three-metre deep cantilevered roof provides shade in the summer, and allows the low winter sun to warm the concrete floors in the cold season. Other complementary strategies include a continuously insulated building envelope, with hi...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...Designed for a client with environmental sensitivities, +HOUSE is a manifestation of a sustainable and healthy approach to building that does not sacrifice design. Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft high glazing offers expansive views of...

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 ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...designing a home for thermal comfort , Passive heating and cooling and energy efficient home design, see the Green Home Building Guidance at Ecohome, North America's trusted Green Home Building Website .

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...design ... The beauty of Shou sugi ban Japanese carbonized wood finish © CDR Studio Architects Shou sugi ban black Japanese carbonized wood finish Bl© Matsu Accoya Designer Studio DB © Shou-sugi-ban carbonized multi-toned used for interior finishing © ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...designers of the 1977 Saskatchewan House that inspired the global Passive House movement always seem to ring true – ‘passive is better than active, simple is better than complicated, and moving parts fail’. An autonomous building such as the Toronto Healthy House touches the imagination of designers and homeowners al...