Passive home design / Guides

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...Passive Solar Homes , ZNE, PNE, LEED & Passive House projects . If you are interested in getting a quote for a Legalett air heated slab floor forming system, see here . Passive Solar radiant air-heated floor slab on grade form kit ductwork © Ecohome Generating solar domestic hot water when heating is not requ...

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

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...home blend in with the neighbourhood, and really the only tell-tale sign of what’s going on inside would be the solar panels on the roof. This passive solar home will have an odour free composting toilet that turns it's waste into fertilizer, and be used in its own backyard for food production. Other features will be a...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...Designing a green home: Whether you are designing your home yourself, or having a professional do it , remember the principles we’ve outlined above. Be sure to find a designer or architect that shares your vision, or that will at least allow you to direct the process. Mechanical systems: Sadly, a typical sacrific...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...homes: future-proof building for a changing Climate See the most resilient home in North America What is the best insulation for a home? How much insulation do I need in green home construction? Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Why building a sustainable home...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...homes for sale How to stay on budget when building a Green home Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction ...

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...home? How much insulation do I need in green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction ...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...Passive House, LEED, ZNE, Passive Solar, Green Builder, or Green-home builder. Passive House and LEED are green building certification programs, but even if you don’t want to bother certifying a home, finding a builder that has built a Passive House, LEED or ZNE certified home is a good thing because they'll know and...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar panels can be either thermal (which transfer heat directly to your...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...designer who leans towards high-performance (experience with Passive House practices is a bonus), and selecting a general contractor who won't clash with your designer and try to talk you into their own favourite practices. Let the designers design and the builders build. So that's how to design a home for human comf...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...homes being built that would mean conducting a full carbon lifecycle analysis during home design , so that everything – and I mean everything – is on the table for design alterations to reduce the carbon foot print of homes. That means the size and design of homes , the materials selected, and the energy performance. ...