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The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...windows". While the Kenogami house does need a minor injection of heat at the coldest moments of winter, for the most part on sunny days it produces far more heat than it needs, leading Alain Hamel to begin work on a phase change thermal battery , to avoid overheating and save excess heat for when it is needed. Mod...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...windows can indicate a problem , having some safe passive humidity storage is never a bad thing in homes. Have you ever noticed that sometimes a squeaky floor boards get quieter for no apparent reason? Or a drawer is sometimes easier or harder to open? Or… your guitar sounds terrible after a heat wave? Most homes are...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...windows In-floor radiant heating Air-to-water heat exchange system as principal heat source Energy usage monitoring system Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle chargi...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...windows. When can I advertise my LEED home? Once you have enrolled in the LEED program with the CaGBC , you can promote the home as "Registered with LEED Canada for Homes". A project is not LEED certified until it has been issued final approval by the CaGBC. Is it necessary to hire a LEED AP? Having a LEED AP (...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...windows, a spacious luxurious ensuite attached, and that awesome open deck joining both rooms for outdoor relaxing and BBQ dinners. This shipping container house in a warm climate has wide opening windows for ventilation The Ensuite in master for this shipping container home gives a touch of luxury This...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection between durability and efficiency is that energy loss often brings with it moisture damage in the following ways: Humid air leaking from a poorly-sealed air barrier will mean greater heat loss; it can also leave condensation in wall assemblies that wi...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...windows, causing wild temperature swings from day to night. “There’s no good reason,” I used to say, “why we don’t build more Passive Houses in this country.” I assumed it was just Canadian denial of our climate; we like to wear thin jackets and complain about the weather. Are we this way with our permanent shelters ...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...windows © Ceres Greenhouse Solutions 5. In the summer you can help keep your greenhouse cooler by using a material with a lower light transmittance on the roof. We recommend hail-resistant polycarbonate plastic with at least 2 air pockets for insulation. See this installed on our video here . 6.) Use Therma...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...windows, and rooms with a view. Design from the inside out and outside in and extend living spaces to the outdoors. Provide access to nature with green, usable outdoor living, dining or play spaces, personal – even edible – gardens, or a simple sunny perch. When designing homes, let’s make the most of our smaller spa...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and opening the windows will create drag and reduce efficiency. © Flo Chargers Choosing an EV in tune with your Lifestyle: If you do a lot of long-range road trips it may not be your time to switc...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...windows , doors and appliances. Along with those initial incentives, adding efficient components usually save money over their lifetimes, so it’s a win-win situation. This will be a continually updated page as more programs are added. We will try to keep it current, but if you find some that aren't listed, or some th...