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Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Passive solar heating Bedrooms, bathrooms and the mechanical room will be concentrated along the north side of the home, with living areas on the open space to the south. This configuration allows the exposed thermal mass of the concrete floor to work effectively with the solar gains from the abundant windows on th...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...Passive House & Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Pa...

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...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...Passive House: Modeled after the German Passivhaus standard, this certification program deals specifically with home design for passive solar gain, and reducing energy consumption. A certified Passive House is significantly more energy efficient than a conventionally built home. This rating system is pretty much limi...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...solar panels on the roof. This passive solar home will have an odour free composting toilet that turns it's waste into fertilizer, and be used in its own backyard for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the power grid and pre-fab straw bale...

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...

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...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...house Group website are that a building must - “during its lifetime produce more renewable energy than it uses for materials, production, operation, renovation, and demolition.” In short, a certified Powerhouse stands out from a Passive House or Net Zero home for example, by offsetting the energy costs of operation A...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Passive is better than active. Moving parts fail. We attribute these three conclusions to Rob Dumont, one of the designers of the Saskatchewan Conservation House built in the 1970s that inspired the original German Passivhaus / Passive House trend. Those were his words when asked to reflect on the home design he wa...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...passive solar heat, so they are particularly advantageous for east and west-facing windows which contribute very little to solar heat gain in winter due to a lack of sun exposure, but they can contribute unwanted heat in the long days of the summer. Some better performing homes can even experience overheating during ...