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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 min...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...solar array on the roof feeds electricity to the grid via the Strata corporation’s [an ownership model in BC similar to condominium ownership] smart meter. With...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...heating your home. These pages outline some things you can do that will help reduce your consumption, and despite what is sometimes a higher sticker price, us...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns a...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...heating necessary) Violet blossoms Hibiscus tea Red wine Personally, I have had no success creating lavender, but that has a lot to do with never having tried i...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...heating and cooling, and apparently Canadians are going to soon be eligible for free home energy audits, net zero home grants & interest-free home retrofit Loan...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun off...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...solar” houses from the 1970s, which often had too many windows, causing wild temperature swings from day to night. “There’s no good reason,” I used to say, “w...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Solar panels on homes There has been a steady increase in the installation of solar panels on homes in North America, which is encouraged by technological adv...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...solar panels or make ENERGY STAR® certified purchases, TD offers a cash rebate of up to 1% on the cost of a mortgage, or on the fixed portion of your Home Equit...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...Solar Gain , having a home where each day starts with fogged over windows is absolutely a huge detriment. A hidden effect of condensation on house windows is th...