Solar / Guides

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an existing permanent building, complete with...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...solar and wind-powered dwelling will be available for sale later this year. Nice Architects has already completed a prototype, and they plan to ship the first u...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...solar gain during the heating season and solar exclusion during the cooling season due to a large tree on the west side of the property. High-performance insu...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY solar shower , ...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...solar panel set up, the really cool part about this one is that it ignites with solar power. So it's a nice mix of the easy 'flick of the switch' heat we are us...

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?

...solar heated radiant floor - see this one go together here: This is the solar heated floor slab-on-grade foundation form kit being assembled for this LEED &...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, constructing a 70 square-foot “living system” that can be towed on a standard 5 X...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Solar Index program (PSI) of energy modelling designs from the benchmark of complete passive solar heating, this is not a rigid target. Depending on climate and...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...solar power generation, carries its own water, has a full kitchen and bathroom, but is also capable of plugging into the grid at an RV Park if need be. The Tack...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...Solar thermal Solar PV In-home energy monitoring and tracking Concrete made from recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Nai...

A tiny house that looks like a stack of logs
Tiny house

A portable off-grid tiny house that looks like a stack of wood

...solar panels for off-grid power. With both kitchen and bathroom behind moveable partitions, the uncluttered interior is skillfully designed to be an undefined...