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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...window will lose heat quicker than a higher quality triple-paned window ; they will also collect more condensation that can damage sills, drywall and structural materials. A resilient wall is one that is well-suited to the challenges posed by its particular climate and microclimate. The solution is to build a wall ...

Choosing a building lot

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...wind block for energy savings. Some trees that need to be removed may make for suitable firewood if you are installing a woodstove. Mature healthy trees make for an enjoyable outdoor living space and can add value at a time of resale.

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

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist Our primary heat source would be passive solar gain, by design .” The EcoHome Team even designed Edelweiss to make use of deciduous trees on the south facing side of the building lot to effectively shield the windows from any possibility of overheating in summer, while allowing the lower summer sun to stream...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now are complimented by carefully calculated roof overhangs at the eaves. Affordable Prefab Green Eco Home Abri model Floorplan with Solarium and south-facing deck © Studio MMA On the north facing side, this cleverly designed prefab kit home turns it's back on the cold; and with it's high placed windows the...

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 facing south were all chosen to allow in more of the sun's heat ( called solar heat gain coefficient, SHGC ), whereas windows facing all other directions have a low SHGC. The difference between them is that the high-gain windows allow in approximately 50% of the sun's heat, whereas the low-SHGC windows let in o...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...winds, which is great, and is even a bit higher than the Telsa solar roof. But, the asphalt shingles beneath and around those panels can often only handle 90 mile per hour winds, which means you may have to remove the panels to do roof repairs. So… how do you like your apples and oranges so far? Where BIPV solar roof...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...wind, precipitation and UV rays. Walls in heating/cooling climates like Canada need to be designed to dry during all seasons, not just winter, which is how we most often build them now. Moisture will always flow from areas of high concentration to low, and the side of the wall those different conditions are on will...

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

...Windows : Internorm ThermoPassiv sourced through Northwin Windows Thermolec 2kw Thermo Air resistance heater unit Zehnder Comfoair 200 HRV Naugler House annual heating cost [2012-2013] kWh used 690.2 $/Month 6.40 Total $ 76.82 Heating cost for the Naugler Passive House compared to code-built house: ...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification for a Passive House is key. Heat gain mustn’t be offset by losses caused by badly insulated glass or air leakage due to poor window frame installation (see how to improve window installation for Passive House here) . The third theme is efficient systems. After all, the best way to make energy savings after prop...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site and used for growing food. The south-facing wall is all windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse whe...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...wind chill factor in winter, so really the best you can hope for in overall performance from a solar air heating panel is about 80% absorption of available light. Heat Panel Conductivity: Materials with higher conductivity will improve solar air heater performance. A black PVC pipe for example, would not provide as m...