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Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...heating requirement is met by the windows. Our primary heat source would be passive solar gain, by design .” The EcoHome Team even designed Edelweiss to make ...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...heating or cooling demand. Assuming a baseline temperature of 65°F, any climate zone will have a heat load and a cooling load based on the amount of days it i...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...heating, water heating, lighting and all interior electrical loads. At Quebec hydro rates of only 7.13 cents /kWh, the entire heating and electrical load would ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...solar gain, and reducing energy consumption. A certified Passive House is significantly more energy efficient than a conventionally built home. This rating syst...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Solar Powered Radiant Heating below, or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE all f...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...solar shading, and super insulation. Other features have been around for a long time, but are not that common on a confined city lot, such as geothermal heating...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...solar air heating panels on the south wall that deliver hot air to the floor. Modelling suggests the solar panels could provide 70% or more of the total heat lo...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficiently with biomass fuel (wood, grain, seeds and...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...Solar energy collection A successful strategy to power a home with solar energy begins like the water system, with the core principle of first reducing demand...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some, like Le Refuge, are built ready to me...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an existing permanent building, complete with...