Sustainable buildings / Guides

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...sustainable and durable building will last longer, so its embodied energy is stretched over a longer period of time, effectively making it more efficient in this aspect as well. Sustainability is a fundamental cornerstone for buildings with high energy efficiency. The ratio between the energy consumed during the oper...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

Vancouver has set a goal of being the greenest city in the world by the year 2020 . Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public transportation, bike lanes, encouraging laneway houses for urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, where you can find The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The two houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor the performance of the buildings' systems. There is also an on...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...sustainable resource extraction and fair labor practices. Applicable raw materials include stone and rock, metal, minerals, and timber. All wood must be certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 100% labeling standards, from salvaged sources, or from the intentional harvest of timber onsite. 14) Appropriate sou...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...sustainable approach is combined with common sense principles of site orientation, energy efficiency, ‘green’ materials , and healthy indoor air quality . A number of additions can be made to increase the sustainability factor once the FabCab is on site, including: Solar (photovoltaic, hot water, or both) , a green r...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...sustainable transit solutions. Many of the workplace, transportation and lifestyle trends we are seeing are very encouraging, as we seem to have inadvertently transitioned to a low-carbon economy while we weren’t looking. And they said it couldn’t be done… There is, however, one growing lifestyle and housing trend ...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...buildings and trees. So, it’s ‘safe for kids’ if you put it in a location where it won’t work very well. That would be something like advertising a set of kitchen knives as being ‘kid safe’, because they are too dull to cut anything. Do vertical axis wind turbines work better? There are a family of ‘alternative’ ve...

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

...buildings, but the problem arises from the fact that the foundation of most tiny houses is not actually a foundation at all, it’s a set of wheels. Even the greenest home you can build stops being eco-friendly if it’s rolling down the highway or idling in bumper to bumper traffic. Learn more here - ‘are tiny houses go...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integrated photovoltaics, community based solar (including Canada’s first solar neighbourhood ), and continued research and development of national standards and accreditation for solar power. Best solar options for your home Before you m...

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

...sustainable home build! And remember - The Ecohome Network is The Sustainable building Network where everyone wins. tm Now you know more about the top tips for planning and building a green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Sustainable Construction Trends for 2020 There are always new green building products coming out that lead to more efficient, more durable or more eco-friendly homes. But most of what grabbed our attention this past year, and the things that we will see through 2020, are perhaps best described as sustainable construc...