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Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...triple the price of asphalt shingles it's still a sound investment. Even if there are no actual solar shingles and this is all an elaborate hoax to sell more cars, that's fine by us because it means more electric cars and certainly more people thinking about solar panels. It's quite possible, and you could even say '...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...triple-paned higher R value skylight will mean a bit less heat loss than a poor quality one, but more importantly it will reduce the risk of condensation problems as the surface of the glass will be a bit warmer. Those are some of the realities surrounding skylights. There is no denying they create a really nice inte...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Triple pane fiberglass windows Stainless steel exterior door thresholds Asphalt waterproofing membrane under steel roof covering Foundation anchored in rock User friendly: Regardless of sustainability, a building will not stand the true test of time unless it is designed with quality o...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...triple-paned. Additionally, including darker colored materials with significant thermal mass in the direct path of the sun can help optimize heat gain and keep interior temperatures balanced. The ideal design would absorb as much solar radiation as possible in the day, lose as little as possible at night, and include...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...triple pane, argon, low E) allow for heat gain, while reducing nighttime heat loss. It is important to have proper shading with a passive solar home. Omitting that detail can mean what you save on heating will simply be put into cooling in the summer. This can be accomplished with roof overhangs, awnings, interior re...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...triple that of the European Union - that's why! This grant scheme is a great way of reducing Canadian energy use and stimulating the home renovation industry Canadians may like to think that this is because it's colder up north - which it is - but with more than 90% of Canadians living within 150 miles of the...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...triple-glazed units made in Ireland (R-7 to R-9). Installation proved a bit more challenging than usual, as they’re so soundproof that carpenters on opposite sides of the window had to literally shout to hear one another. Building a passive house that's also LEED certified is challenging © Construction Rocket Inc. ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...triple the price for an efficient toilet, but now they are now pretty much on par. and can use up to 67% less water than an older toilet. Less common are toilets that are filled by waste water from the sink, but it is really only a matter of time before they start showing up on the market. If your fixtures are gett...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...triple pane window. In the first diagram the window is installed flush to the exterior of the insulated wall, with a heat flow of 7.9W. The second diagram indicates the same conditions but with the window inset into the rough opening, leading to a heat flow of 7.6W. Thermal bridging through flush mounte...

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

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Triple paned argon filled fiberglass framed windows > R4.5 Ceiling: 3" Polyisocyanurate and 36" of cellulose > R151 Wall insulation: 14" of EPS foam and 7.5" of mineral wool > R 80 Slab on grade insulation: EPS foam and polyurethane > R60 0,57 ACH @ 50 Pa ( Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals of pressure) En...

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

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

...Triple-glazed argon filled wooden framed passive house standard windows First performance benchmark for Edelweiss: Passive Solar Index 15 Registration date: August 25, 2015 Region: Outaouais, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rating: 15 kWh / m² Method of calculation: measured post-o...