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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 essentially for free. Heat extracted from indoor air will be transferred to the existing hot water tank, allowing excess daytime heat to be used for dom...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...water heater, air exchanger, water softener, septic pump, sulphur tank, central vac, etc. Slab-on-grade design: Given that you are committing a certain ar...

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 prope...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...water-conserving fixtures and low-flow toilets Installing low-flow showerheads Water-permeable surfaces and stormwater management strategies Rainwater cat...

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 h...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about 10 to 20% smaller compared to a similar concrete-ba...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...water? Or indeed grey water! The term “gray water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. Whil...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...water quality returning to the Fraser River from the site. Throughout the site, green space is being built to offer habitat for songbirds that live near the wat...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...water sparingly and often for best effect. Check for water leaks! – Any pipes carrying water in the house, both delivery of hot and cold or heating and evacua...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...water to back up and possibly get past shingles and metal flashings. Skylights and energy efficiency: Any way you slice it, the deck is stacked against skyl...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...water conversation in arid climates and water-sensitive regions. Demonstrating how consideration of climate resilience in buildings can increase the likelihoo...