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Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Platinum (which is the one we’re shooting for). The point system definitely allows for more flexibility. Being in very rural Abercorn, QC, for example, we knew we wouldn’t score any points for public transportation access but we knew we’d get top marks for energy use and air quality. LEED pushed us to go out of our way...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Platinum Certification in cold climates like Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. The ribbon was cut on the first prefab kit house model at Expo Habitat 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where the Eco-Habitat S1600 model (owned by Ecohome co-founder Emmanuel Cosgrove) was assembled in its entirety in th...

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

...Platinum Edelweiss House using rigid Rockwool or Roxul insulation panels attached with strapping and screws (which is in the building science video above), and what we did to break the thermal bridge was to do it in 2 layers of 4 inches of rigid Rockwool so there would not be a single screw passing through the wall ass...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

After completing a design workshop for high performance wall systems , teachers at the New Frontiers School Board in Ormstown, QC have settled on a building envelope that will outperform houses built to code by a factor of almost 3. The school will be releasing videos following the progress of this first of its kind p...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design and build a modestly-sized but functional home that would greatly ou...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Platinum certification and Novoclimat if in Canada - as standard! Every tiny detail of design has been optimized for performance in the Abri range of high-end prefab eco homes - especially around the high performance door and window openings - and eliminates thermal bridging . "We have acheived an outstanding lev...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Platinum Certification in cold climates like Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. The ribbon was cut on the first prefab kit house model at Expo Habitat 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where the Eco-Habitat S1600 model (owned by Ecohome co-founder Emmanuel Cosgrove) was assembled in its entirety in th...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Platinum or Passive House certification . This also means it could also be specified as one of our Net Zero Energy ready prefab home kits ideal for Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire . Built with eco-friendly & non-toxic building materials The LEED for home...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...Platinum certification we really can't stress enough the enormous role windows will play in your overall home performance. Better windows may pay for themselves in a few years of heat savings, while also improving occupant comfort and the overall user experience. So shop around and get all the facts. If in doubt, consi...

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

WATCH MORE VIDEOs about passive solar home design & construction here This is the first in a series of videos on passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool wi...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...Platinum Edelweiss House is significantly more efficient than our home, and was also cheaper to build, as they did it with only a standard 2x6 wall and lots of exterior insulation. Needless to say, though the house that we have built is a very good one, there are many good ways to put together a high performance buildi...