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Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...efficiency. Their handy opening systems ensure effective ventilation and ease of care. With aluminum and wood blending, these windows offered a variety of arrangements possiblities and a wide selection of colors for exterior cladding which reduce maintenance. What do I need to know about windows? The energy efficie...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...efficiency score. And put lids on pots! Your water will boil faster and emit less water vapour, reducing condensation . Central vacuums : Efficient central vacuum systems with hepa filtration certainly have their benefits in terms of convenience, reduced noise, and not ejecting airborne particles into homes. Howeve...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...efficiency upgrades, cost $150.00 per sq. ft. to construct. The increase in cost to achieve Passive House energy efficiency over Canadian Building Code energy efficiency was 15%. With similar custom features a code-built house in Fredericton would have cost $130.00 per sq. ft. Operational costs for this Passive House...

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

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

...water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans for air circulation Triple-glazed argon filled wooden framed passive house standard windows First performance benchmark for Edelweiss: Passive Solar Index 15 Registration date: August 25, 20...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...water pipes, drains, radon stack, central vac, power conduits, etc.) was put in place next, below the coming insulation and concrete. We used insulated water pipes courtesy of Uponor for greater energy efficiency. Plumbing infrastructure © Ecohome You need to be very sure about the placement of plumbing at this...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...efficiency wood burning insert, as an open fireplace will often draw warm air from your home even when not in operation. High performance woodburning fireplace insert © RSF Fireplaces Fireplace inserts are sealed cast iron stoves that fit into your fireplace, which helps it burn more efficiently and better dist...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...water conservation with older toilets and taps, so those are probably best purchased new to ensure high efficiency . Decor: The possibilities here are as endless as your imagination. From wine racks, to light fixtures to coffee tables, if it can be made from upcycled materials, it likely has been. The main th...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...water-based liquid acrylic sealant. The elastic particles in Aerobarrier are non-toxic and low in VOCs; they also carry GreenGuard Gold & UL181 certifications. As the air pressure carries particles towards any breach in the building envelope, they begin to adhere to the sides of that opening, gradually sealing the ho...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...efficiency homes, but this has not been the case for us. As the house is used primarily as a weekend retreat in the winter, we turn up the heat considerably when we first arrive. We have to wear warm sweaters when we first get in the door, but then have a full day where the floor is toasty warm. The secondary heating...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...efficiency home mechanical systems (air exchanger, appliances, heating, water heater and lighting) that are incredibly efficient to begin with. These are the building blocks of both PHI and PHIUS Passive House certification. The primary goal of both bodies is the same - to design buildings that use next to no energy....

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with providing air conditioning in summer, this system prevents the home from overheating in winter, yet keeps that heat to d...