Passive house / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufactur...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...house. Typically a certified Passive House would be expected to operate approximately 90% more efficiently than a house built to code. That is pretty close to a...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

...House , Passive House contruction , Passive solar home design , home lighting design and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in ...

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

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Passive House standard of 15 kWh per square meter. Windows are a part of that but they are also part of our energy performance strategy. The house is laid out...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

As described by the architects: Designed for a client with environmental sensitivities, +HOUSE is a manifestation of a sustainable and healthy approach to bu...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...Passive House' standard? One of the original inspirations for our home was the Passive House Standard . I've discussed this a bit in another blogpost , but ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo Hou...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...Passive House Certification and all other Green home rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...House that inspired the global Passive House movement always seem to ring true – ‘passive is better than active, simple is better than complicated, and moving p...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...house is. In a super-insulated home a heat pump could provide all the heat and comfort you need, but in a house built to code you may need a backup. So as a h...