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The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

On a wooded Canadian farmstead in rural Alberta, the new house replaced an old home that was no longer able to fulfill its function. The architectural concept for the new home was simple: open, flexible, efficient (almost Zero Net Energy), and for an economical budget - not everyone can manage to build affordable net ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...ZNE, PNE, LEED & Passive House projects . Passive Solar radiant air-heated floor slab on grade form kit ductwork © Ecohome Generating solar domestic hot water when heating is not required also serves to protect the panels from damage that can occur due to overheating in summer. In the springtime, our pre-fabr...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, preferably via an HRV or ERV unit to control the energy losses from essential ventilation . You can read more about Air Permeability of home...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...ZNE, Passive Solar, Green Builder, or Green-home builder. Passive House and LEED are green building certification programs, but even if you don’t want to bother certifying a home, finding a builder that has built a Passive House, LEED or ZNE certified home is a good thing because they'll know and understand the impor...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...ZNE Zero Net energy / Net Zero Homes built for the Canada Zero Energy Pilot Project Net Zero Energy Homes pilot program results Under the pilot program, 23 individual Net Zero Energy Houses were built by six different builders (two from the RFP and four under the ecoEII project): Construction Voyer, Habitat Studi...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...ZNE or Net Zero ready houses to start popping up. 3. BIM & Carbon footprint calculator for materials One of the most exciting building tools we’ve found lately is the EC3 carbon footprint calculator . Programs like the ZNE mentioned above can really benefit from this, since, to determine the entire carbon footprint...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. Increased durability and performance measures may add some upfront costs to a building project, but as they can help save on operational and maintenance costs most household's monthly outgoings are going to be similar. As Energy costs & mainten...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...ZNE Homes? Building to the bare minimum is understandable with large developers, as they are well-oiled money machines with little motive to change . At the moment of sale it is unlikely that they will recoup the added cost spent creating a more efficient building; the big savings belong to the end user. If you are d...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...ZNE certified , you're going to need an Architect or green home designer to come up with the plans. As much as we appreciate that everyone has to start somewhere, we would generally advise against using a complete novice in the field of sustainable home plans, there's too much at stake. So, the first question to ask an...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

Following on from our predictions for green construction in 2020 , Dodge Data & Analytics just released the findings of a landmark study on prefab and modular construction . The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report (download below) was published with the support of Bradley Corp., the Modular...