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Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold cli...

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Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

Understanding building science basics will help you design and build durable and efficient wall systems.

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Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

How to build a slab-on-grade with a thickened edge on standard soil

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Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto earns Canadian Green Buildi
Real estate

The Skygarden House renovation in Toronto wins 2016 Canadian Green Building Award

While keeping the existing footprint, the Skygarden House renovation brings a leaky old home close to Passive House levels of performance.

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A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

A well-constructed home will stand long enough to see many families come and go in its lifetime, and they won't all have the same needs. When drawing floor p...

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Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

All about off-grid power generation

In this second post in a series on off-grid living, Craig Anderson outlines the energy systems of his house and explains why he chose them.

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Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

The climate is changing, how we build home needs to change as well.

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Off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

If you are thinking about going off-grid with solar panels and a battery backup, there are lots of good reasons to do so and ways to do it more affordably. W...

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Professional services

Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.

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How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

Factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home.

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Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating

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