Rating systems / Guides

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...rating systems you might encounter and an idea of what each one addresses and promotes in the pursuit of "the perfect eco-friendly Green home." LEED for Homes: Originating in the USA, LEED is currently the most prolific green building rating system and stands for; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - cre...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...rating systems. Performance requirements include net zero energy, water and waste, measured after a full year of operation only. LBC is broken down into 7 performance areas, which are then subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, all of which are mandatory. The following is only brief look at what you have ahea...

LEED v4
LEED Homes

What is different with LEED V4?

...rating systems. Instead, the CaGBC will streamline development work by providing Canadian options for demonstrating compliance – termed Alternative Compliance Paths – within the international rating systems. Alternative Compliance Paths, or ACPs, will allow the CaGBC to identify equivalent means of demonstrating comp...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...rating of ERS (EnerGuide) 76 or HERS (Home Energy Rating System) 80. This will be determined during the compulsory energy rating blower door test. 11.1 Refrigerant charge test: If your home has an air conditioning system with refrigerants, provide proof of a proper refrigerant charge of the system. Materials & Re...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...systems and appliances is entered into a software program to determine what the overall consumption of a building will be, and to attach a rating to it. HOT2000 is a software program developed by NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) that has been highly regarded within both industry and academic circles as an excellent r...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...rating systems encourage and accelerate the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...systems of their home properly, and publicly promote green building and the LEED rating system. ­ Builders are required to provide homeowners with a minimum one hour educational walkthrough to identify and provide instruction of the home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED che...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...systems like those found in both Beachaus homes can be more than just cool toys, they can optimize the performance of your home. Having an Ipad control centre that allows you to remotely operate systems by a smart phone can make fun gadgets an important part of high performance housing. To be able to control things l...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...rating systems like LEED . One example of something the internet has spread around as a truth is using coffee grounds in the garden - discover here why it's such a bad idea . This popular internet rumor stems from a NASA study in 1989 that concluded that if humans were to live in small hermetically-sealed spaces, pla...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...rating on air filters? MERV is an air filter rating system that stands for Maximum efficiency Reporting Value and was developed 1987 by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). MERV filters range from 1-16; the higher the value the higher the performance. • Air filters...