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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

...heating bills. Help achieve climate change goals Let’s also remember – these Free Home Energy Audits in Canada , Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit Loans will also help us meet national Canadian climate change goals of lowering emissions since your home will consume less energy and reduce our per ca...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...passive heating design and the use of thermal mass to balance interior temperatures. When well-organized and thoughtfully executed, such components can lead to significantly reduced resource consumption during the operation of a home. The stated performance goals of the Toronto Healthy House were as follows: It s...

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...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Passive Solar Homes: leading by design The spectacular picture window in this model range of high-performance prefab homes is just over 36 feet long , and optimized for passive solar gain . This results in significant energy savings for this model of home over winter. At the same time, to prevent overheating in summe...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...Passive House using Larsen trusses on the exterior of the wall (see video) , that will then be filled with dense-packed cellulose insulation . Using Larsen trusses with dense pack cellulose insulation for a Passive House To go back to thermal bridges – wood does act as a thermal bridge, but not nearly as much a...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...Passive House and Zero Net Energy , though the trend was led by improving building efficiency in homes once constructed – better insulation , better air-tightness , more efficient heating , better internal air quality … which is a step in the right direction, but far from the whole solution to better buildings and home...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The drawbacks of building on a slab on grade: Building your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement storage, a mechanical room on the main floor, and no ability to move plumbing fixtures for future renovations. So how to deal ...

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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...passive solar heat gain meant the headers we needed were massive, making these walls absolutely un-liftable by mere humans, so we enlisted the help of a boom truck to get them standing. Kott lumber also engineered the walls, so it was quite handy to have that done by the same company that would provide the necessary ...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...passive solar gains. Locations & Linkages (10 points) The location and linkages category aims to reduce the need for new infrastructure development by encouraging building on previously developed land with access to community resources, public transportation and existing infrastructure such as water, sewage and hyd...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...heating. Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are an essential component of any air-sealed high performance home, bringing in fresh air and removing moisture. An HRV uses the heat in stale exhaust air to warm incoming fresh air. Until now, this has meant a centralized heat transfer core and a network of ducts feeding and...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...heating, water heating, lighting and all interior electrical loads. At Quebec hydro rates of only 7.13 cents /kWh, the entire heating and electrical load would amount to approximately $665.00 CAD per year or just under $42 US per month (check your local utility rates to get a more accurate cost estimate for your locati...