net zero / Guides

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...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. Increased durability and performance measures may add some upfront costs to a building project, but as they can help save on operational and maintenance costs most household's monthly outgoings are going to be similar. As Ene...

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 .

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...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...net zero home grants & interest-free home retrofit Loans in 2020 if the Liberal's 2019 election promises come to fruition. How is an energy audit conducted? The depth of the audit will depend on what services you have asked an auditor to perform . If you are conducting a home energy audit in order to qualify for gr...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver Step Code is well underway with the Greenest City 2020 initiative . BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide Message to BC general contractors about the new Step Code requirements, don’t panic! It’s not that crazy, and before you scratch a hole in your head rea...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...nets, as well as all storage units are also made with the same non-toxic plywood panels. This make them much more durable than the standard melamine cabinets that are usually installed, so they are easier to maintain and can be reused during a redesign. The cupboard doors in the entrance, living room, kitchen and bat...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit Loans program , but we will update this page when we have more information. The obligation to have a blower door test done is coming up more and more frequently as building codes improve, and as homeowners demand better performing and more energy efficient homes . It...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...net zero energy solar buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integrated photovoltaics, community based solar (including Canada’s first solar neighbourhood ), and continued research and development of national standards and accreditation for solar power. Best solar options for yo...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...net of resilient design, and I was very pleased that our house did so well. Though we hope the house to be net-zero-energy in its operation—with space heating, water heating, cooking, and almost everything else, powered by a 12 kW solar-electric system—we can heat the place just fine with our small wood stove if we nee...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...Zero Net Energy due to their outstanding performance. Now you know more about these beautiful shipping container homes designed for warm climates :- Find more pages about Tiny Houses and resilient green building techniques here : Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold climates Are shippin...