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Naugler House: the most energy efficient home in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home

With a $77 annual heating bill, the Naugler House has earned its bragging rights

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Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of high performance buildings and passive solar home design

The Conservation House in Saskatchewan was built in 1977, and was a revolutionary building design that introduced passive heating and cooling to modern home ...

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

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget

Seeking to balance function, efficiency and budget is not an easy task; but this was the brief provided for the Warburg house. The question posed by the clie...

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The concepts of passive solar heating and cooling
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar

The basics on passive heating and cooling

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Passive solar home design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

With a southern orientation and well placed windows, passive solar homes can potentially reduce heating requirements by an easy 25% without adding any cost.

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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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Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

This is the first in a series of videos on how to build passively-heated homes.

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Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort and convenience

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies.

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Ottawa Coach House
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.

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