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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?

...power outages. The wood stove combustion is in accordance with EPA requirements limiting the emission of fine particles. *See our how-to installation video of the solar air heated floor that this house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...power during summer and heating power during winter - which is why using HRV and ERV systems is recommended to reduce energy loss whilst ventilating homes. When there are wildfires in the area though causing a smoky atmosphere, an airtight envelope also helps prevent the infiltration of smoke. Airtightness should be ...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...solar design by offering shade in the summer, yet allowing the sun to pass through in winter for solar heat gain. Preserve natural materials: If you’re building on rich top soil, set it aside and cover it with a tarp for future use. Rocks that come out during excavation can be saved for va...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...power outages and earthquakes. Features: Autonomous water (well water and rainwater harvesting) Autonomous energy systems (photovoltaic solar panels - PV) LED lighting powered by PV panels Multiple energy sources Wall assembly resistant to the effects climate change Engaging: © Écohabi...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack the funds to get set up, leasing programs are available. Details here . Desjardins : Desjardins' Green Homes Program is available both in Qu...

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

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

...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 . Additional attic insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation © Ecohome Attic i...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Solar heating design home built in the 1970's in Saskatchewan by a team led by Harold Orr, designer of the first modern Passive House that worked , who recently won the Order of Canada for his achievements with Passive Solar design , air-tightness for homes and energy-efficient houses . We at EcoHome salute you Mr Orr,...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...power generation is only around 30-60% efficient. There is also significant loss from transmission lines, so the overall energy efficiency of electric heat varies significantly by location and the local source of electric production. Heating with electricity from renewable resources like wind, solar or hydroelectric ...

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?

...power outages. The wood stove combustion is in accordance with EPA requirements limiting the emission of fine particles. *See our how-to installation video of the solar air heated floor that this house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...power to load pellets. So in the event of an extended power outage, you might get a bit chilly. Solutions to that can be either a dedicated battery backup, or a generator. Or choose an electricity free pellet stove suitable for off-grid heating here . The cost of pellet stoves range from about $1,700 to $3,000, not i...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...power, then there is no need to install your own system to reduce your personal emissions. Again, go ahead and set up a solar array and battery backup for your own security of power, but if going 'off-grid' means you need to burn fossil fuels instead of tapping into clean energy from the grid, you are increasing your c...