Passive heating / Guides

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...heating needs during its harsh winter, this decrease in energy usage demonstrates a strong commitment to transforming the national built environment in ways that promote a healthier, more sustainable future. "At a time when the world needs real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...heating and ventilation systems to keep the overall consumption of the home as low as possible, and then renewable energy sources like roof top solar panels must provide enough power to operate the home. Read more about the Net Zero Home Pilot program beginnings, and here we will cover the results. ZNE Zero Net ene...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...heating. Growing season: There is no heating system, so its use is currently limited to the summer months, from the first week of June to as late as mid-October. But the couple would like to add a heat source of some kind to extend the functional use to three seasons. Type of crop & yield: Mostly tomatoes, but ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...Passive House and their performance targets, that system is not without its flaws. I know of one certified Passive House that had so many windows that in order to get certified they needed an absurd amount (24 inches) of insulation below the slab to meet the overall energy goals. Therefore, due to those windows, the ne...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...heating or cooling needs) and increasingly become a durability nightmare the further north you go. Before listing off the problems, let me first say that I love skylights. I love natural light in general, and given the amount of time humans spend indoors I welcome features that make you feel a bit more like you are o...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...passively heated house would. Earthships don't produce anywhere near enough food to merit basing your entire home design around it. The thing is, if you're thinking of building an Earthship you'll need a fairly large piece of land, so why not go for the healthier and more efficient passive heating option and build a ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...heating planet. The state’s temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate, with spring temperatures averaging about two to five degrees warmer than those of half a century ago. Fact: One of the more visible changes in the state is the retreat of ice on the Bering and Chukchi Seas, which this year disappear...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The draw backs 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...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Passive House project on Vancouver Island BC Passive House interior kitchen design Vancouver Island BC Passive House Floorplans Vancouver Island BC Passive House Wall Design details Vancouver Island BC Passive House Walls ...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

All homes need ventilation, whether natural or mechanical with an ERV or HRV system. Buildings and houses are no longer constructed leaking heat and moist air the way they used to be; we now build them as airtight as we can, especially Passive House or LEED certified homes. This makes mechanical ventilation essential ...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun offer free heat, but free light as well. Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studie...