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Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

How well does a heat pump work in a LEED or Passive House certified home? Really well as it happens, see a great example of a split system heatpump installation in the Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Home below: The Edelweiss House has a radiant floor to keep our feet comfortable but we rely on a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim du...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative? Mark Hutchinson: The CaGBC launched the zero carbon building initiative in 2016 to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carb...

Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

...net-zero shower is well within reach. This tutorial will show you how to make excellent use of an easy to put together, handmade, solar hot water system. Use it to build the outdoor shower of your dreams, to add a sink with warm water to your outhouse, or for both. Check out the step-by-step DIY solar shower instru...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...Net Zero Energy - which refers to the ability of a building to produce as much energy as it consumes. Not satisfied with that, they set out to create a building envelope designed specifically for his northern climate, one that could rely exclusively on the sun for its heating needs. Net Zero Energy , meet Net Zero He...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...Zero Carbon Program initiated in May 2017. Read more about LEED for homes certification , Passive House , Net Zero Labelled homes and all other Green Home Rating systems in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages .

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Net zero energy: One hundred percent of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis. Health - 3 Imperatives 8) Civilized environment: Every room of interior living space must have operable windows. 9) Healthy air: To ensure safe indoor air quality, the follo...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Net Zero Energy in Quebec is because if the home is kept all electric for heat and light, the electricity used is almost entirely from renewable green sources anyway. In New York though, as an example, only 23 percent of electric is from renewable sources - so we would suggest considering a Net Zero Home with solar PV ...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist-style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House read...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...Zero Net Energy homes The higher cost of energy combined with an increasing awareness of the global climate crisis is a driving force behind the trend towards more energy-efficient home construction . And Zero Net Energy home construction is a trend that is quickly taking off; read more here about the Canadian Zero N...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House read...

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Zero Net Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. What is driving building professionals to prefab & modular construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustainable construction p...