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How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...house free of charge through passive solar heating . But they are also holes in our wall structure, making them by far the weakest part of the thermal envelope ...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...Passive House pre-fab kit homes . There are two significant environmental benefits with prefab houses: their components have never been exposed to the element...

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 ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...passive living wall'. A professionally constructed wall of either type would have its own controlled irrigation system so there is little maintenance to do; pas...

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 th...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...house gas emissions , national energy and water consumption and waste diversion. The results were compelling: A 312,006 C02e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...Passive House , Net Zero labelled homes that may make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives .

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...house stands out from a Passive House or Net Zero home for example, by offsetting the energy costs of operation AND construction. So there is no free ride with ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...house. Low flow showerheads are great for heat reduction and energy efficiency , When you add it all up, the amount of heat generated by appliances and ligh...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...houses of the 20th century, so if you are building or renovating a reasonably airtight house, especially if going for Passive House or LEED certification , don'...

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

...houses, townhouses, and tenements that were built over a hundred years ago from brick and stone - neither of which are known for their outstanding insulating pr...