Solar / Guides

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...solar shading, and super insulation. Other features have been around for a long time, but are not that common on a confined city lot, such as geothermal heating...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...solar reflectance] of the surface of an assembly can have a significant impact on the surface temperature, which in turn can impact the amount and direction of ...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...solar arrays also have batteries to store power in emergencies, even if they are tied to the grid. There is nothing stopping you from getting a home battery wit...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...Solar Heat Gain Coefficient [SHGC] of 0.18 and a North American Fenestration Standards [NAFS] performance grade rating of PG50 Plus. A modern de...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage of large water tanks for thermal mass, ' Earthships ' with greenhouses inside the home,...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. ...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...solar panels. Hats off to the designers, this would be a pretty sweet place to call home. See more Tiny Houses Here in the EcoHome Green Home Building Guide...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...Solar index of only 15 kWh per square meter - yet with a build cost equivalent to a standard code built home in the same area - which would only probably have m...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...solar panels. But we kind of wanted to bring it down to the basics and just show how little energy a house needs to use. Yes, we could have installed solar pane...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...solar energy, rainwater collection and grey water treatment can take NOMADs right off the grid." The folks at NOMAD Micro Home want to make high-performance, ...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Seali...