Water efficiency / Guides

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...water heating as well as pumping water from the well. Even with a very efficient building design in the S1600, the engineers noted that the total estimated carbon footprint is multiplied by 10 by the operational energy use. Even so, it is significantly lower than a code-built house in the region, which would have an ...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Efficiency, Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship and Water Conservation. Since the pilot is looking to advance the commoditization of net zero energy homes, the approach will focus on homes that can be built today using technologies already available on the market that meet industry standards and regulation...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...efficiency for energy, water and waste, green buildings can also lower building costs and create a building that holds its value for longer than comparable non-green buildings. Creation of Green Product Markets and Business Benefits As green building has grown, so have the markets for new products, innovations and ...

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

...efficiency and, conveniently for us, used to live in a house in a cold climate with a solarium. This makes him uniquely positioned to report on their performance. Living in an open concept home with a four-season solarium overlooking the living room and the kitchen, his solarium consisted of an aluminum structure wit...

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...efficiency home upgrades - in our Building Guide pages you can learn about simple home improvements that save you money and energy while making your home more comfortable and more durable. While confined, we will eventually run out of drawers and closets to clean, so think big! Touchless home technologies – these can...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...Efficiency: eg. 78% Average particulate emission rate: eg. 3.9 g/h Choosing the right size of wood stove: Whether you're looking for a built-in wood stove or chimney insert or a freestanding wood stove, buying the right size of unit is very important, but don't risk an aneurism trying to calculate BTUs per hour...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...efficiency improvements becoming mandatory - but this is happening everywhere across North America. *International Energy Conservation Code Building better homes is a smart idea While is it is essential to know your climate zone and build homes that are durable enough to withstand the challenges it will face , we...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...efficiency and LEED® certification . For my part, I focused on residential building, and how to develop the best energy-efficient measures for home construction while keeping to a reasonable budget. During this time, I met Benoit Lavigueur, who founded BL Ecoconstruction in 2007. Together we worked on several project...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...efficiency by harnessing a naturally-occurring physical reality, 'the melting point'. When looking for commercially available phase change drywall and other building materials, we first came across Thermal Core, a drywall product said to contain microscopic acrylic capsules of a substance called Micronal, a high-puri...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site and used for growing food. The south-facing wall is all windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse where food is produced all year. That's all great stuff and it seem...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Water plants with the water from dehumidifiers or leftover water in drinking glasses if you can, and make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before you run them. If we simply look at water and see its true value, these won’t seem like big sacrifices to make. Rainwater collection: For watering gardens...