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Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...passive or active refers only to whether or not you force interior air through it with the intent of increasing the rate of purification. The mechanical system of a passive wall involves only water and nutrient delivery and counts on the natural air flow through a house or building to provide any improvement to air q...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...house bright with very little energy use. Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design interior for this off-grid home © Craig Anderson Exterior porch design © Craig Anderson Simple but effective ...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...Passive House and LEED certification ready . Can a renovation project be LEED certified? Renovations are eligible, as long as it involves a renovation of the building envelope (wall system). Renovation projects that only involve a single part of a home like kitchens or bathrooms are not eligible. When is it to la...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...Passive House & LEED ready Kit Homes available in Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire see here © SeeVirtual © SeeVirtual For more information, please visit inhaus.ca

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...house and local utility rates. Basically, they're pretty cheap to run. Moisture management. The system is capable of exchanging heat and humidity. Thus, in the manner of an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator), it helps to maintain the relative humidity of the air inside the house. In addition, frost problems are avoid...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Passive House certification, the BC Energy Step Code , or sustainable building practices in the Ecohome Green Building Guides , at Ecohome, North America's favorite green building website.

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...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...passive cooling in the summer months. The interior volume is simple and minimally detailed. The space is differentiated by two elements: the structural steel frames, and an interior birch-clad 'box' that houses all of the functional elements of the house including the kitchen, mechanical equipment, a full bathroom wi...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...Passive House using Larsen trusses on the exterior of the wall (see video) , that will then be filled with dense-packed cellulose insulation . Using Larsen trusses with dense pack cellulose insulation for a Passive House To go back to thermal bridges – wood does act as a thermal bridge, but not nearly as much a...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...house was built outside of them. 11. More options for Green building certifications Passive House certified homes consume about 90% less energy that a code-built house . As a green home certification program, Passive House is getting a boost from some regional building codes in the form of financial incentives that...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. What is driving building professionals to prefab & modular construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustaina...