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Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...istance is available. Rénoclimat (Quebec only): This is another Quebec Government program, for home renovations. Under Rénoclimat your home is assessed by professionals who provide you with suggested upgrades for increased energy efficiency. Financial assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontar...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...What is Energy modelling? This isn’t something that will be done with a tool from your pickup , and you don’t need to figure out how to do energy modelling, there are already people and protocols that do that. This will be part of the design phase, so just like the drawing of building plans, this is on someone else’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...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...is short they say, unless of course your feet are cold, then it will seem much longer. The floor of the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House is insulated to R32, more than 3 times what is normally used in new builds. This seems extreme to some, but that is simply because floors are chronically under-insulated and any addit...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...ist air through walls, this of course led to a buildup of moisture in homes, and condensation on windows was common place and hard to stop . This led to a build up of mould and mildew in homes. Modern day airtight homes need mechanical assistance to stop moisture damage and protect indoor air quality, especially true i...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...is fully insulated and protected from moisture, you will have a dry, healthy and durable basement that won’t develop mold in walls since it is separated on all surfaces from ground moisture. ICF walls are also airtight, soundproof, earthquake resistant, and reasonably well-insulated. So what’s not to love? Well…there...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...is is a smart system that will go into a sleep mode when there has been no activity for 72 hours, and it will automatically go back into operational mode when water use is detected. How cool is that? An annual servicing by a professional is recommended but, short of that, this is an extremely low-maintenance system. ...

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

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...LEED Canada for Homes Program Leader and collaborates with the LEED Canada for Homes Technical Committee to deliver the LEED Canada for Homes program. Chris has a keen interest in how the built environment affects the natural environment and enjoys exploring this through his work. Prior to working with the CaGBC Chris ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...isy baseboard heaters . Heat pumps work differently than other heat sources like furnaces and radiators, and they can be 3 times more efficient and 3 times cheaper to operate. This is the heat pump in our LEED V4 Platinum demonstration house , and is part of why we can heat this house in Quebec for under $200 a yea...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...is required and wires can be fairly easy to hide. See our DIY ductless HRV installation video here . About the author: Emmanuel Cosgrove built the first LEED Platinum home in Canada, he is a co-founder of Ecohome, a LEED for Homes Provider, LEED Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from ...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...is is not reflected in the PHI certification process. This can make achieving Passive House Certification in cold climates of US or Canada a far more costly undertaking, which could dissuade some from exploring it as an option, and likely be very disappointing to those who tried but didn't quite make it. The main hur...