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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 .

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Net Zero labelled homes , LEED for Homes and Passive House that may help you qualify for incentives, or the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification , all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

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...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose be...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...Net Zero Energy Home in a cold climate zone is necessary - even 60% better - which is relatively easy to achieve - is already a huge step forward. While we continue to see news from around the globe of wildfires, catastrophic flooding, epic snow falls and heat waves that bring cities and economies to a grinding halt,...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...Zero Net Energy homes being built in the USA & Canada as part of the Green building trends for 2020 . Now you know more about the Tesla Solar Roof, Cost, Competitors & What our reviewers think, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing betwee...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we want both of those things right away, rather than waiting a lifetime to see the 'payback' for noble design choices we might have made to save polar bears, bees, ...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

What is Passive Solar Heating & Cooling? Passive heating and cooling of homes is not new . The above image is of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings in Colorado, occupied from 700 to 1300 AD. This early North American settlement was shaded from the summer sun, but fully exposed to the su...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...NetZero, Zero Energy, Novoclimat, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge all have their raison d’être and were all created with the intention of easing the stress we’re putting on the planet by pushing the industry toward environmentally sound, super-efficient construction. If their objectives are indeed the same, why ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...Net Zero Energy and high-performance homes is consistently making the most of Passive Solar Gain , having a home where each day starts with fogged over windows is absolutely a huge detriment. A hidden effect of condensation on house windows is that once the sun does come up, which could and should be heating our high p...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a step further by removing as many obstacles as they can to make pursuing high performance building certifications easier. The process of attaining Passive House c...