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LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...zero VOC paints and finishes. Some other features that this home includes are: HEPA filtered air exchanger Low-E fiberglass framed windows In-floor radiant heating Air-to-water heat exchange system as principal heat source Energy usage monitoring system Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo fl...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019 as part of their as part of their Net Zero Home Grants & I...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...energy for swimming pools and hot tub operation here . We’re going to start by tips to conserve energy over the years, right when planning a pool... Want to reduce energy costs for swimming pool heating? Reduce heat loss & maximize free heat gains... Tips to reduce energy use by good pool design 1) Pool Ins...

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

Heating with electricity

...zero energy homes , is that as the percentage of electricity generation by renewable sources increases, so does your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is not defined by just noisy baseboard heaters or an electric forced-air furnace. The efficienc...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...energy, money & carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated radiant floor form kits for Passive House, LEED & Zero Net Energy Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pumps: Gr...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

Choosing between buying, building or renting 1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lowe...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...energy or release energy when it makes the most sense for you. They can now be programmed to disable high-consumption mechanical equipment like dryers and air conditioners when their capacity is low, to ensure that there is always enough power to start up the system again. As battery systems continue to advance, we w...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building for more than 35 years, there were countless ideas, materials, and innovative products I wanted to try out. This would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a model of sustainability, accessible design (where we can age in place), and resilience. Renovat...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...energy required to move that heat. The COP of an average residential heat pump is usually somewhere around 3, which means that for every one unit of energy you put into the system, 3 units are transferred. When you compare that to an electric baseboard heater, which has a COP of 1 (every unit of energy you put into you...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...energy performance. What is a low carbon home? Every building has its own ‘embodied energy’ or ‘embodied carbon’, and that refers to the carbon released during material extraction, manufacturing and shipping of building materials in the beginning, as well as the energy required to heat and power it for the entirety...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...energy-efficient home upgrades and other Green building certification programs such as Net Zero labelled homes and Passive House that may make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives , all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .