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LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...solar gain . © SeeVirtual Not only is this a high efficiency home, it's a healthy home as well. Indoor contaminants were kept to a minimum by installing formaldehyde-free solid wood cabinets and zero VOC paints and finishes. Some other features that this home includes are: HEPA filtered ...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...Solar photovoltaic generation On-site wastewater treatment Earth tubes Solar hot water Stormwater control Geothermal heating and cooling Vegetated green roofs The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system focuses on measured performance of the building, and requires participa...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater from the roof. Less commuting: In many cases, ADUs are ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...solar gain during the heating season and solar exclusion during the cooling season due to a large tree on the west side of the property. High-performance insulation , an airtight building envelope , triple glazing , and mechanical ventilation with energy recovery aid in minimizing space-conditioning requirements. ...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...heating usually translates into cost savings of between 5 and 15% on your heating bill. LED bulbs: The price of power keeps rising while the price of efficient bulbs keeps dropping. Efficient bulbs save a lot of energy and money in the long run. See our page all the benefits of efficient home lighting . Additiona...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...heating and ventilation systems to keep the overall consumption of the home as low as possible, and then renewable energy sources like roof top solar panels must provide enough power to operate the home. Read more about the Net Zero Home Pilot program beginnings, and here we will cover the results. ZNE Zero Net ene...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...solar panel heating system. How to Insulate and Heat a Tiny House Energy and performance of Ben Hayward's Tiny House R-48+ walls Floors ranging from R-42 to R-120 under the bathroom Triple-pane sliding patio door Photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...solar panel set up, the really cool part about this one is that it ignites with solar power. So it's a nice mix of the easy 'flick of the switch' heat we are used to, and you can also stay warm if zombies eat the power line to your house. Find more info on the Edison ECO-45 from Drolet here and mention EcoHome, we ma...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Solar Index program (PSI) of energy modelling designs from the benchmark of complete passive solar heating, this is not a rigid target. Depending on climate and other considerations (such as with the Kenogami House), achieving zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your building envel...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...heating, cooking and heating but hey, it's a start! Bhargava and his team developed this bicycle generator to take advantage of the mechanical energy created by humans to solve some of the world’s most pervasive problems, namely bringing power to the developing world while mitigating climate change. “Everything req...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Solar thermal panels powered by photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the mo...