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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

...inum home include: Insulation: 8 in. of semi-rigid mineral-wool insulation on the outside of the sheathing, and another 5-1/2 in. of mineral-wool batts in stud cavities packaged in a high-performance building envelope. Exterior walls of the slab-on-grade house have a total of 13-1/2 in. of mineral wool (5-1/2-in. b...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the interior air in homes in an energy e...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...installing solar PV in Quebec where our model home is built for a couple of reasons - although if buying and installing one of these affordable prefab eco homes in New York, Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire it starts to look more interesting. To explain: At current rates in March 2020, (although solar pv is regularl...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...ing. Exterior insulation will better protect against foundation cracking and interior moisture damage by eliminating the freeze/thaw cycle that a foundation wall insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is a...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the interior air in homes in an energy e...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...ining quicker and easier to encourage more people into the construction trades and ease some of the chronic shortages of trained construction tradespeople in 2020 and beyond. 8. Increase in PV Solar panels on homes There has been a steady increase in the installation of solar panels on homes in North America, which...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...ing here. Fuels perceived as 'dirty' are already at a disadvantage in the global market and that is only going to continue. This type of investment can put a province in a much better market position in a quickly changing world economy. If all Canada has to offer the energy market comes with pipelines and tailings po...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...including exterior irrigation, before finally being discarded into the class 6 septic system , equipped with a sand filter to purify wastewater. 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. To that end...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...ing the carbon footprint of buildings. Finding natural ways to insulate a home is all well and good, but any natural building insulation needs to perform as well as the mainstream commercial alternatives if it is to be a viable player in the green home building industry. Organic insulation materials can, in some inst...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...ings. The concept behind the design is family, harmony and good living - all rolled into one. The warm and inviting interior wraps around on one side creating a private and intimate space that can be carefully oriented on a building lot to optimize solar gain, provice shelter from prevailing winds, or simply offer priv...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...in northern USA; first un-insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third insulated to R20, the minimum we would recommend in Canada or colder States for comfort and a good return on investment. Modelled using a 4-inch concrete floor, you can see that in the first image on the left (un-insul...