Passive house windows / Guides

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...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 conventionally built home. This rating system is pretty much limi...

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...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...passive solar energy that comes through the south-facing windows as much as we do. It lights up the house quite a bit in the winter and together with the radiant-floor heating, the house is much cozier than we expected," Mr. Paloheimo says. (The house also has an electric, forced-air furnace.) Ms. Paloheimo says: “I ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...house cool in summer Anywhere cold air comes in during the winter, hot, humid air will come in during the summer. Inspect around windows, electrical and plumbing openings, and seal any cracks. Close all your windows during the heat of the day, and get your fresh air at night. Pay attention to the temperatures ins...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...windows on the south facade. Though it's value is not recognized in PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package), significant thermal mass within the building envelope (slab floor) stabilizes indoor temperatures at desired levels, leading to increased comfort and consequently energy savings. 60% of window and doo...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...passive solar strategies, daylighting or incorporation of reclaimed / reused materials. All existing millwork, plumbing and electrical fixtures, doors and windows from the existing house were recycled through ‘Habitat for Humanity’. Trees/shrubs were transplanted to neighbours during demolition and construction. Over...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...house construction has to be scalable and not stray too far too quickly from the current norms that builders are familiar with. What are Net Zero Homes? In a nut shell, a Net Zero House is one that produces as much energy as it consumes. It starts with an energy efficient building envelope, high-quality windows , h...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Passive House and LEED ready, meaning that when other prerequisite conditions are met, the energy performance of the building envelope meets the stringent requirements needed to achieve LEED V4 Platinum or Passive House certification . This also means it could also be specified as one of our Net Zero Energy ready prefa...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Desig...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...house. We would instead float the idea of a conventionally built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhouse for growing ornamental plants or perhaps food, that presents even greater concerns. A greenhouse fu...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...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’s French counterpart Écohabitation is in the process of moving to new office space in an older building, and when a blow...