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Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...sunny days, which should provide the bulk of the house's electricity consumption. Enough power to meet the total electrical demand during 4 days without sunshin...

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?

...room, kitchen and living room) that are resistant to impacts and scratches Purebond® plywood for finishing and cabinetry that is free of urea formaldehyde and...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...room homes to full-sized but eco-friendly 3 bedroom family homes - all with one huge difference compared to "standard" prefab houses - these are designed top to...

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

...rooms, 2 baths Nice screen porch facing the river Upside-down design, with living spaces on the upper level, and the bedrooms on the lower level Passive s...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...sun and thermal mass; the north side is buried underground, though buildings in colder climates seem to include wood stoves. Power is generated onsite by phot...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...room windows may be noticed last, especially as it is a room not used very often. Signs to look out for with condensation around bedroom windows are; water on t...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...sunny out he sat in the sun, when he was cold and it was overcast he sought shelter and lit a fire, unless of course it was sunny and he was too hot - and then ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...sun does the lot get, and at what times of the day throughout the year? A beautiful lot on a north facing hillside amongst non-deciduous trees, or an urban lot ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...sun's rays pass through, but at night reflects infrared heat back into the room. Low-E coatings slightly reduce the light and heat that will enter through your ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...sun exposure to help choose the best location. “Don’t build too big if not necessary, and do take the time to process your harvest (cooking, canning and freez...