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Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...heating and cooling equipment is your comfort delivery system, this is not the place to try and save a dollar. And doing so will also probably cost you more in the long run by being less efficient, and you being less comfortable. An additional tip - don't have your systems designed by a heating and cooling contractor...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design and build a modestly-sized but functional home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on par with those homes in its ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...and will reduce the demand on our energy infrastructure, and consequently emissions. 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...

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

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

...heating - 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' indica...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...and award points for incoporating them into buildings. Passive House: Modeled after the German Passivhaus standard, this certification program deals specifically with home design for passive solar gain, and reducing energy consumption. A certified Passive House is significantly more energy efficient than a conventi...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...And they're no better in the summer, they require huge amounts of energy to cool them down while the sun beams in and slow cooks the occupants. Glass curtain walls leave us at the mercy of outdoor temperatures, endlessly pumping our money and energy into heating and cooling to stay comfortable. While this new see-thr...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...Anderson as he documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here . or post 3 in the off-grid homes blog here . This off-grid home design began with the basic principles of passive heating and cooling - invest in really good windows, face a...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...and natural daylight shafts, dynamic cross ventilation, passive solar shading, and super insulation. Other features have been around for a long time, but are not that common on a confined city lot, such as geothermal heating and cooling. There are major elements that are reclaimed such as the exterior brick and struc...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...heating or cooling demand. Assuming a baseline temperature of 65°F, any climate zone will have a heat load and a cooling load based on the amount of days it is above or below that point. If, for example, the temperature remains at 50°F for a 24-hour period, that would equate to 15 heating degree days (HDD). And conve...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...heating a house like this with electricity based on high daytime rates. As a house such as this requires very little heat to begin with, its passive heating by design and ability to retain heat by a combination of thermal mass and high performance insulation and building envelope design would make it very easy to limit...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help

Ventilation & air exchangers

...and energy standards, while improving indoor air quality and reducing total HVAC ratings and energy requirements. ERV technology is not only an effective means of reducing energy cost and heating and cooling loads, but allows for smaller equipment. Additionally, ERV systems allow for maintaining the ideal relative hu...