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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...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...Zero Net Energy ready by 2050 . So, what is the right amount of insulation in a home? The right amount of insulation in a home - be that attic, walls or floor, will of course vary by region. To draw the most sensible conclusions, designers should conduct specific energy modelling and make key decisions based on bal...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...net Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Janet Kimber Project Credits: Architect Nova Tayona Architects Mechanical Engineer Greg Ewert Structural Engineer Andrea Doncaster General Contractor Deborah Spartinelli, Trunnells a...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...Zero Net Energy Home is now so minimal (if you're talking to the right Home Builders, it's around 5% - which you'll save on utility bills in no time). The best route forward may of course be different when talking about an old inefficient home that could require a colossal investment to improve its performance and ener...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...Zero Net Energy, as it an provide comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testing information available we're not comfortable making claims as to how well this or any other such products work, how long they will continue to work, and whether or n...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...Net Zero Labelled homes and other certifications that can help make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives . And take a tour of the first LEED V4 Platinum house in Canada

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...net-zero-energy home in this harsh climate. Along with engineer Denis Boyer, architect Lucie Langlois, and the director of Ecohome and Ecohabitation Emmanuel Cosgrove, they designed and built the Kenogami House, which is a model of both sustainability and resilience. Read More... Among his many initiatives, Alex Wils...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...net-zero ready’ house, often a modest photovoltaic solar system is all it takes to achieve the elusive $0 utility bill. R-2000 homes: This rating system was created in the early 80’s by the Canadian Home Builders' Association and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). R-2000 is a government run program that encourages e...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...zero volatile organic compounds A DIY Green living roof Under-slab high performance radon barrier Formaldehyde-free Kitchen Cabinets Split system air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans f...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance home, the best investment you can make is taking the time to do your research. This is a growth industry, so products and techniques change rapidly. Due to market d...

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

...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 .