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Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...windows • natural and mechanical ventilation Training city staff: The city has hired Passive House Canada (PHC) to train more than a hundred City of Vanco...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...windows facing south ( passive solar ) may have its heating requirements reduced by as much as 25% for virtually no cost. It is important that it be properly-de...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...windows for ventilation. By including such multi-purpose features, the Tack's have successfully built a cozy comfortable home that is not only beautiful, but pe...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...windows open. Seal air vents: At least during the time work is happening, covering vents (unless they are operational) will reduce a build up of dust that wil...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...windows. For Greenhouse's in Kit form online with delivery, or Greenhouse construction materials, see here Ventilation: At this moment, two small fans p...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...windows: Old windows can be great for sheds and greenhouses but are best not used in exterior walls of homes, for a number of reasons. Older windows might not h...

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

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...windows can lead to lower energy costs. One example of a progressive developer is ParkLane Homes based in Vancouver, BC. ParkLane is going above and beyond mu...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...windows, as that is where you will have your greatest heat loss. It is also important that they be installed an inch above floor levels to allow for air intake ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...windows and doors . Any products carrying ENERGY STAR label are certified to be a high efficiency option. Other rating systems like LEED for example, will recog...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips web...