Zero carbon / Guides

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work (-273 °C, the temperature at which molecules actually stop moving) contains some amount of heat. So technically, it is possible to extract heat from air of any temperature and send it somewhere else, all it takes is a little energy. Heat pumps are actually quite commonly used in our everyda...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Zero-Energy. A hyper-efficient house such as this could be fitted with solar PV panels and can save enough energy to offset the energy needed for charging the best electric cars , which can reduce an individuals personal carbon footprint by as much as 90% Chosen EV Charger Brand : Rematek energy charging station fo...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost? paints , you will protect workers and occupants health, it would also reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of pollution generated compared to choosing the most affordable materials you could find. Similar choices can be made with wood – you can use reclaimed barn boards, FSC-Certified lumber, or wood ...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...carbon footprint in the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Tesla Solar Panel Special Offer Building a Near Zero Energy Home on a Budget Passive House Certification & Design in North America Modular EV battery makes charging electric cars as fast as filling a gas tank ...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...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: Ground source geot...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good? degrees Celsius during the colder months) is too great. In cold climates, it would therefore be preferable to rely on gas-fired instantaneous water heaters. Furthermore, if your initial budget is limited, you might as well forget about this option all together. The smaller units (costing around $500 and more) wi...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...carbon footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Off Grid and Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The "Damn-Near" Passive House project Resilient design features f...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...carbon. Heavy timber refers to any dimensional lumber over 4.5" and is often used for post-and-beam construction or timber frame homes. Large dimensions of wood can support heavy loads and facilitate long spans, in addition to being surprisingly fire resistant. Finger-jointed lumber (also known as end-jointed and e...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...Zero Energy Home in a cold climate zone is necessary - even 60% better - which is relatively easy to achieve - is already a huge step forward. While we continue to see news from around the globe of wildfires, catastrophic flooding, epic snow falls and heat waves that bring cities and economies to a grinding halt, it ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home? (-273°C), there is some heat energy present. No exchange of air takes place from inside to out with an ASHP; heat is simply condensed outside and dispersed inside as interior air is circulated through heated coils. In summer, the system reverses to cool your home. WaterFurnace ground source heat pu...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house


...carbon footprint? Static Tiny Homes (including THOW’s that don’t actually move) do have the potential to help you dramatically reduce your carbon footprint . Less space means that you don't need as much ‘stuff’ (which I am sure that we can all agree on we have far too much of), and you also consume less energy and bu...