Passive / Guides

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...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 .

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works towa...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...passive ventilation and daylighting, and a geothermal system are just some of the features of this LEED Gold-targeted project. LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.© Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario. © Shai Gil Photography LEED home in Mulmur, Ont...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...passive depressurization column (highly recommended) or to test for radon after construction is completed. Installing a passive radon vent at the time of construction adds very little cost compared to additional measures required after project completion. 10.1 No HVAC in garage: Place all air-handling equipment a...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...Passive House & Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Pa...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...Passive House , and Net Zero labelled homes visit the Ecohome green building guide pages . Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative © CaGBC

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; 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 o...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...passive solar design , increased insulation, airtight construction techniques , highly efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. ...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...passive solar orientation of homes. All lots will include deeded access to a motor-free private lake and hiking trails backing on Crown land. “We’re not looking to load this up with a bunch of houses, what we’re trying to do is create a really special place to live” says Bélisle . Home designs will begin at 1,600 s...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...passive, self-sustaining mini-power stations, would the need for fossil fuel actually evaporate along with the need for a power cord? It seems too dreamy to be true, and yet this is the hopeful vision evoked by this new technology, as current solar cell technologies just don't have the capacity to offset the entire e...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...Passive House Certified homes would be a plus, but they may not always be easy to find. And be sure to get more than one quote, and don’t always go with the cheapest one. The sure-fire way to find a qualified general contractor is to educate youself then pepper them with questions. You can up your understanding in 10...