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Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...windows. Both these effects are known as natural convection, as opposed to forced convection where the wind or the use of ventilators create a greater impact....

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...windows facing south and building your house within 15 degrees of the east/west axis, you can reduce your heating needs by as much as 25% or more. A successfu...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...windows, and a blower door test to see how much heat loss there is from air leaks . A blower door test identifies air leaks for repair to make homes more en...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...windows by Euroline Windows Inc. ; split system heat pumps and Comfoair 200 HRV units by Zehnder . Project credits: Owner Vancouver Coastal Health Authori...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , a...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...windows when renovating a home: Windows will likely need replacing if you are considering a rebuild or tear-down of your home . They don’t last forever, and i...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...windows at it. You can pick up a lot of free heat, and if you plan your shading properly with overhangs and window layout, you can help keep it naturally cool i...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...windows Quality mechanical systems Just because a home you like doesn't score an A+ on all the above criteria doesn't mean you should cross it off your li...

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

...windows in the house have fiberglass frames, are triple-paned with argon gas, and have an insulating value of roughly R-5. The windows facing south were all cho...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switches, install water-reducing and dual flush toile...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...windows: If you have old leaky windows , as a temporary winter fix for a few bucks per window you can put a thin sheet of plastic over them that will save you m...