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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?

...test model for EcoHome, we took the opportunity to try out the following high efficiency heating options so we can measure their efficiency and write about them, but chances are your kit home will only need one of these heat sources: An air-heated radiant floor system from Legalett with an estimated 60-70% of the t...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...test results have so far not been made available, so we temporarily hold our recommendation and will update this page when that information is obtained. They require more glue than CLT, so by weight the lifecycle footprint is less appealing than CLT These products are supposed to be available by the end of 2017 a...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...tests to measure air leakage will be part of home energy rating © Ecohome Grants for homeowners to invest in solar and geothermal systems Financial incentives for the purchase of energy efficient houses Establishing a mandatory energy rating for homes (fear not homeowners, inspection budgets will be paid...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...tested. A radon testing kit is not very expensive and should be available through your municipality, state, or via a reputable radon testing kit brand online . You usually need to put a radon testing unit on each floor of your house and forget about it for a few months; then send it to the lab to learn the results. Tes...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...test house near Ottawa ! The open concept living area and full wall of south facing windows make this smaller-than-average green home feel bigger than it is. Downstairs the eye is drawn to the distance by the interestingly-designed atrium ceiling with built-in planters over the kitchen area with its extensive island ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...test your home in many ways , and sometimes your house will return a failing grade. Even brand new homes built to code can see failures of their building envelopes, windows, doors and ventilation systems during winter, a simple failure to install windows or doors correctly can lead to leaks, water damage and air leakag...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...test of time, it is almost a foregone conclusion that at some point someone will pluck that ripe apple from the tree and develop a residential solution. PV panels on your roof can reduce your personal energy consumption, but without home power storage you are still reliant on grid power. The latest lithium-ion techno...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...test home we built in the cold climate zone 6 of Quebec, Canada: Now you know more about why building better, affordable eco homes is important in different climate zones in USA & Canada ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Changing homes in a changing...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...test new ideas before they are fully integrated into the LEED rating systems . Builders and architects using certified wood and paper products from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Programme for the...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...test showed that we had an air-tightness of 1.47 [email protected], but as I outlined in this post, the house is probably tighter now and this heat loss lower than the model suggests. The concrete slab and foundation walls, at 2,314 kWh and 1,435 kWh respectively, are probably the only places that I wish I would have added ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...testimony after more than 20 years living in it. The ‘Toronto Healthy House’ design concept As a semi-detached, three-bedroom, 1700 square foot home, in size this is nothing out of the ordinary. But the efforts and strategies put in place for autonomy and reduced resource-consumption during operation made this hous...