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Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Passive solar heating Passive solar heating is the concept of using home design and orientation to collect heat directly from the sun. No panels, no wires, no tubes, that’s why it’s called ‘passive’. By having 60% of your windows facing south and building your house within 15 degrees of the east/west axis, you can ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...passive solar energy that comes through the south-facing windows as much as we do. It lights up the house quite a bit in the winter and together with the radiant-floor heating, the house is much cozier than we expected," Mr. Paloheimo says. (The house also has an electric, forced-air furnace.) Ms. Paloheimo says: “I ...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

...House , Passive House contruction , Passive solar home design , home lighting design and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...House construction video of Ben's first design, the 'Hobbit House'. So that covers how to build a tiny home in a cold climate, see other Tiny house designs such as the Tiny Tack Hous e , Built-in storage designs for small spaces , Coach houses , Laneway houses , and learn if Tiny Houses are Good for the Environ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...House is a single-family detached residential infill project. Some of the eco-friendly design aspects are time honoured such as, vertical ventilation and natural daylight shafts, dynamic cross ventilation, passive solar shading, and super insulation. Other features have been around for a long time, but are not that com...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Passive House or LEED , or to Learn What Questions you Should Ask a Solar Panel Contractor , you can find all you need in the Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome.net, and if you don't find what you are looking for, ask a pro a question in our discussion forum .

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Passive House certified super-insulated slab forming systems and air heated radiant floors to LEED, Passive House or Net Zero standards. The engineers at Legalett were happy to take on the challenge, and then came back to us with a solar panel design that not only heated the floor in winter, but that included a compo...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...house. You won't be getting any solar heat gain on the north facade, so go with the highest R-value, period. On the east and west facades, a combination of a high R-value and low solar heat gain coefficient [SHGC¹] is best to prevent overheating in summer, unless the windows are well-shaded from direct sunlight, in w...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...Solar Panel special offer , find out more about solar photovoltaic panels here , or if you're looking to build soon, look for inspiration for building a near zero energy home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... ...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...Passive House, LEED, ZNE, Passive Solar, Green Builder, or Green-home builder. Passive House and LEED are green building certification programs, but even if you don’t want to bother certifying a home, finding a builder that has built a Passive House, LEED or ZNE certified home is a good thing because they'll know and...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...passively-heated homes, it's really just a traditional wood stove that will save your bacon (or help you cook it) when the power is out. A photovoltaic (PV) solar array that is designed to run the basic systems of your home, excluding heat, likely wouldn't be enough to heat your whole house if you diverted power to h...