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Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun offer free heat, but free light as well. Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studie...

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 Authority Architect Mobius Architecture Inc. Structural Engineer CanStruct Engineering Group Mechanical Engineer ITEC Systems Design Ltd. Electrical Engineer O...

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 , and some like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the ...

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; they can be salvaged and given a second life with an unheated outbuilding. If you don’t see a use for them yourself, pop a ‘free windows’ notice on an online classified listing site and someone may come get them. See our pages on choosing windows to help with selection. Read more about when to replace windows ...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...windows. "We had a sofa leaning against the glass wall in the middle of the solarium, and when sitting there in winter it often felt like there was a window open.” Denis attributes this sensation to the natural convection of warm air rising and cool air dropping . “The warm air in the center of the room would rise to...

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 toilets (see our data sheet), choose ENERGY STAR certified appliances, these upgrades will offer a net savings by reducing your monthly bills. Using low or zero VO...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...windows at night to expel unwanted heat, but this isn't always a functional solution if you think about office towers with windows that don't open. In such commercial applications though, what it can do is postpone the need for cooling until off-peak hours. Even just that has very tangible benefits - by shifting the ...

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 list. Be sure you know what you are buying, and that you have the funds to pay for any improvements, certainly any urgent ones. And showing that you did your home...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...windows , high-efficiency heating and ventilation systems to keep the overall consumption of the home as low as possible, and then renewable energy sources like roof top solar panels must provide enough power to operate the home. Read more about the Net Zero Home Pilot program beginnings, and here we will cover the res...

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 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...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...windows on the south facade. Though it's value is not recognized in PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package), significant thermal mass within the building envelope (slab floor) stabilizes indoor temperatures at desired levels, leading to increased comfort and consequently energy savings. 60% of window and doo...