Water efficiency / Guides

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Different Electric Home Heating Types - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips ...

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?

...efficiency variable capacity air-to-air source heat pump manufactured by Mitsubishi™ with a direct expansion coil air handling unit (AHU) and a multi-speed fan to supply warm and cold air for space heating and cooling. House B Heated with a 13.3 kW high efficiency ground source heat pump manufactured by WaterFurnac...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...water consumption in commercial and residential buildings, such as adopting some of the following water conservation strategies: Using more water-conserving fixtures and low-flow toilets Installing low-flow showerheads Water-permeable surfaces and stormwater management strategies Rainwater catchment systems ...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...efficiency of a home comes from its location more than its design. It may seem counterintuitive, but living in a well-insulated suburban house with a solar water heater is less ‘green’ than living in a poorly insulated house on a good bus route. Another problem related to unrestrained urban sprawl is the disappearanc...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...water. It can also sequester 5 times more CO² than wood during the same growing period. In addition, it can bring value to idle land since it is grown as part of a normal crop rotation. Thanks to experienced business partners and the support of provincial and municipal governments, Nature Fibres has quickly establish...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...water-table issues to contend with. Durable basement construction: Water tables can rise from normal spring melting, extreme rain events, or a lack of proper rainwater management from roof runoff . A durable basement is one designed to divert any bulk water away from the foundation and to handle the higher humidity...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...water and colors of nature It’s a known fact that the sound and sight of water creates a soothing atmosphere and encourages our bodies and minds to go into relaxation mode. This is why you usually find water fountains and tranquil, natural music playing in spas. Relaxing spa music is easy to find on any music app; as...

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

...waterfront in our area, we did not clear sightlines towards the water, nor did we square the house with the shoreline. We have a screened view of the water, which actually makes those glimpses out onto the bay more special. Building Envelope: When first considering how much insulation to put into the house, I looke...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...water supply as it is aerated through showers and faucets. This is really only a problem for well water, most municipal systems come from lakes and rivers and have minimal levels. For severe cases of radon in water there are solutions that can remove the gas, but they can be quite expensive. If you are in a high risk...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...water leak has occurred, and that the system has shut the water off to prevent further damage. Even Captain Jean-Luc Picard would be impressed with some of the remotely-operated features and automated protections that are now available. Many of these smart home devices have been on the market for 10 or 15 years, but ...

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

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...water heat pump which will serve as an air conditioner. In effect this will prevent the home from overheating during consecutive sunny days in winter, while producing hot water essentially for free. Heat extracted from indoor air will be transferred to the existing hot water tank, allowing excess daytime heat to be u...