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LEED Homes

What is different with LEED V4? in Canada here. As a movement and an industry, green building is evolving rapidly. Recognizing leadership in this field means periodically moving the goal posts, and rethinking the measures by which leadership is assessed. That’s the reason for LEED Version 4, the next exciting step in the continuous improvemen...

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

...HOUSE Performance, Inc. The homes feature innovative environmental aspects, including an exceptional building envelope designed for maximum insulation and air tightness, drain water heat recovery, and high performance heating and ventilation systems – saving up to 30 per cent a year in energy and water costs. The hom...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work So if you’re in the market for a new central heating and cooling system for your home, you should definitely consider a heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. How much sense it makes will depend on how well insulated your house is. In a super-insulated home a heat pump could provide all the heat and c...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...houses probably isn't what you imagined you’d be doing in retirement, but for many seniors, buying a new home is the first step toward increased financial freedom. As long as you take the right steps to prepare and shop carefully, retiring to a new home can be a great decision. Learn more about What to look for when ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House wall reaches a humidity level greater than 15% the chances of insect or mold attack increase significantly. This should be kept in mind when installing windows & doors in stud walls and it's a little more complicated than sticking on flashing or basic tape, liberally applying the silicone sealant or squirting in ...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...household could provide their own clean energy requirements for as much as 24 hours . Imagine being able to combine nearly half of your recommended physical activity time with a more cost-friendly, sustainable method of providing your house or personal electronic devices with free electricity! Bicycle generator ©...

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 in a harsh climate possibly the most efficient house ever made, even exceeding Passive House levels of performance. The heat source: a unique combination of passive solar heat gain, photovoltaic solar panels, a condensing boiler, heat pump and thermal battery. The ultimate goal during the design of this Net Z...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...step in the development of better, healthier buildings across the globe,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president of GBCI. “Just as LEED has transformed the building sector to address environmental accountability, WELL will further that vision by focusing deeply on the people in the buildings and providing developers and owne...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls? is, for many reasons, usually more durable and more valuable in terms of resale. It also means that if you plan on occupying that house for the next 50 years, then it's possible to save $20,000 for a $2,000 investment. But there's more to it than this simple calculation of ROI. How much loose blown cellulose ...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

Tesla is a powerful brand that when riding on its track record of Electric Vehicles needs to do little but step into a market to get glowing accolades. Some of it is well-deserved, but in the case of their solar shingles that are flooding news feeds, we found very little hard facts behind the big marketing push. To ...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...step-by-step video guide 7. Fascia and soffit: Metal soffit and fascia © Kaycan Fascia and soffit have more to do with your roof system than siding, so we’ll cover it here. Your fascia will probably see quite a bit of weather, and often being hard to get to, it's good to think about durability here. Woode...