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Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...is harsh climate. Along with engineer Denis Boyer, architect Lucie Langlois, and the director of Ecohome and Ecohabitation Emmanuel Cosgrove, they designed and built the Kenogami House, which is a model of both sustainability and resilience. Read More... Among his many initiatives, Alex Wilson is an author and the fo...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...is the ipad mounted into the wall. This is the systems control centre and it can be operated with a smartphone. You can remotely control temperature, lighting, music and it can also open and close curtains to even further maximise your passive solar gain . © SeeVirtual Not only is this a high ...

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

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

...isit this beautiful region of Quebec, then you can rent the Edelweiss LEED certified home here This LEED Platinum home is warm & inviting with cork floor, reclaimed wood ceiling & zero-VOC Kitchen © Ecohome The reclaimed wood doors give the Edelweiss LEED platinum...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...LEED provider and key members of your project team. It is here where you will determine what points you are eligible for and wish to target, as well as the overall certification level you wish to achieve. 2.1 Durability planning: Complete the Durability Risk Evaluation Form to identify all moderate and high-risk du...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...what is the best wall system? That also depends on what you are looking for. What is the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most affordable wall? That is just a short list of things to consider, and despite many people online saying they ha...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...is a blower door test which involves sealing your home, and with a fan in the doorway blowing out, the home is depressurized. This allows builders to measure, find and repair any air leaks before construction is completed. While they are a prerequisite for programs like LEED, unfortunately blower door tests are not s...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...iscounts for LEED certified homes. These are the programs we've been made aware of, but without a doubt more will be added all the time. Please let us know if a program we have linked you to no longer exists, or if you find the conditions have changed from what we've listed. And if you find we one haven't listed, let...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...LEED certification in a student house building project, and so far it looks like they will do very well. The design is by no means completed; it is still in the very early stages. The teachers are taking advantage of this opportunity to come up with any and all green features they can think of, all while ensuring thi...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...is very important at this point. A good builder should respect your goals for performance, durability, air quality, etc., rather than try to talk you down from them. Basic building science (read more here) is not some confusing world inhabited only by physicists and engineers; for the most part it is just common sens...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...LEED points? The Alternative Compliance Path allows LEED projects to achieve an existing green building credit, using an alternative approach to what is specified in the existing rating tool, yes . The Certified Wood pilot ACP is being used to test new ideas before they are fully integrated into the LEED rating syste...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...is, think of it like this - a lot of the world lives on about one of our flushes per day, and that's not even clean water. The amount of water saved by a LEED Home: To put in perspective how easy it would be to cut our consumption in half, the Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House has low flow-faucets, toilets...