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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

...Quebec union building laws. Unlike most other provinces, to get on a building site in Quebec you need to be certified and part of a union, two things their students are not. So the majority of this work needs to be done at the school, then shipped to the site. Conveniently, in a town the size of Ormstown that means a f...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

Developer Luc Bélisle will be partnering with Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes to build the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified housing project in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec. Phase 1 will have 12 lots available, but the developer has 470 acres total on which he hopes to build abou...


Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rating: 15 kWh / m² Method of calculation: Modelled Built by owner Alain Hamel, the Kenogami House is located at Lac Kenogami, Saguenay, Quebec, and is a winner of the Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder Media® This is a passively h...

Grey water and heat recovery shower

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...Quebec, Canada, and works based on the same principles as the Orbys we recently wrote about. Which one is better? Hard to tell, but both are light years ahead of the showers most people jump in on a daily basis. Reveeco provides a savings calculator on their website so you can dial in your specifics, but in general t...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...Quebec isn’t a place where one might expect to look for a model of resilience . It’s bone-chilling cold in the winter with 10,450 heating degree days per year (Fahrenheit degree-days, base 65°F); there isn’t all that much sunlight in the winter, and Quebec—let alone northern Quebec—isn’t the first place that comes to m...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...Quebec, which began manufacturing hemp insulation in the winter of 2018. As the town’s name suggests, it was heavily reliant on the manufacturing of asbestos, but those mining and manufacturing facilities are closing their doors due to the associated health risks. Nature Fibres brings a badly needed economic boost to t...

Cambrian Black Granite

Granite counter tops

...Quebec. "Of all our products, Cambrian black is one of the best selling and most beautiful, and we are the only supplier in Quebec." says Geneviève Robicheau, marketing director at Polycor. Granite is all natural, undergoes no colour treatment, and it isn't covered with resin. So there are no negative health impact...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...Quebec where this house is located, the climate is almost subarctic. Any passive solar home in such an environment would need to be equipped with some source of supplementary heat. The Kenogami House was designed with in-floor radiant heat, orginally supplied by a condensing boiler. The super high-efficiency building...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

While walking through a home show not long ago I came across a product that has always intrigued me, the laundry wash ball, some kind of magic bean that washes clothes without detergent. Curious but skeptical, I circled in for a closer look. As the Ecohome Network is considered a trusted source of green building and...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...Quebec is one of the major producers of wood pellets, and I wanted an energy source that was both environmentally responsible and local. Also, wood pellets are an inexpensive way to heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant source of clean and renewable energy, so along with the pellet stove the ...