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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 . Passive Solar radiant air-heated floor slab on grade form kit ductwork © Ecohome Generating solar domestic hot water when heating is not required also serves to protect the panels from damage that can occur due to overheating in summer. In the sp...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...homes. The less complicated and more ‘passive’ your home is, the better the chance it will keep doing its job. Solar panels, heat pumps and other high-efficiency mechanical equipment are truly excellent features to have in a home, but from a resiliency point of view, passive heating, passive cooling , and natural lig...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...homes under construction and relayed the following results: "On average, the process took less than an hour and a half. Houses that at first had ratings of 2 air changes per hour (ACH) were brought to as low as 0.39, exceeding Passive House requirements, which are 0.6 ACH.” We tested Aerobarrier ourselves: Ecohome’...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...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 .

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...passive solar gain . © SeeVirtual Not only is this a high efficiency home, it's a healthy home as well. Indoor contaminants were kept to a minimum by installing formaldehyde-free solid wood cabinets and zero VOC paints and finishes. Some other features that this home includes are: HEPA f...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...home as most air conditioners do it is retained in the form of domestic hot water. Since 2/3rds of the bulk energy consumption in a home is usually a result of heating, with our building envelope we've been able to reduce that to about 10 percent of what most new homes require. Beyond that, the next big leap in effic...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...home in Mulmur, Ontario.© Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmu...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Bu...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Homes pilot program goals The goal of the R-2000 Net Zero Energy homes pilot program in Canada was to improve the performance standards of homes, and to raise awareness of energy-efficient green home building techniques among builders. Through participating in this pilot project, every builder became licensed as, o...

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 ...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED checklist and accompanying paperwork, including manuals on all home systems. Once all of the prerequisites are met, the LEED rating system is a fairly adaptable process. Modest sized homes are encouraged, but larger homes can meet certi...