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The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...netrate the core of house. The energy savings from natural daylight phases well with energy-efficient LED and CFL lighting as day passes into night. Water conservation, such as on-site rainwater drainage collection to a drywell, which will be eventually be upgraded to a cistern for efficient rainwater re-use, water-c...

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...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...net system While it was appealing to have no phone or internet at our home in the woods, it wasn't practical. Both my wife's and my work depend on being internet connected, and it can often be important to be able to make phone calls. However, since we are so far off the beaten path, we have no phone lines, and only ...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...net, which I use to check the system remotely and send regular system status updates by email to myself. Solar panel orientation for off grid power generation There is a simple rule of thumb that I learned from our solar installer when we were discussing our system setup, with the best orientation for stationary pa...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...net also meant discovering lots of books and equipment for off-grid living , that is interesting to browse through. While there were a lot of interesting ideas here, clearly I was going to need further inspiration elsewhere. And I did go on to find further work on passive solar design done much more recently, that ha...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...net systems. -Increase the amount of solar panels. During the first winter, the generator was needed relatively frequently over a 6 month period from the fall through the spring, and it was far too often for my taste. Therefore, we doubled the capacity of the solar system. Direct vent propane heater ©...

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

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...net... Finished Passive House standard home This article was written by owners and builders Win and Tim Naugler, and first published by our print magazine partner EcoHouse Canada. All images are courtesy of Bang-on Photography . Visit the Naugler House website for up to date energy use inform...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...networks, which is the most economical option in every respect, particularly in terms of maintenance and repair. Words of advice offered in hindsight from one of the original designers of the 1977 Saskatchewan House that inspired the global Passive House movement always seem to ring true – ‘passive is better than act...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, and writing about Passive House, we were in contact with Harold Orr, a world-renowned environmental engineer, pioneer of the very concept of 'green building'. and who was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his pioneering contribution to energy-ef...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your building envelope, in terms of resiliency we would always recommend an additional heat source to ensure comfort in even prolonged overcast conditions. However, at levels of thermal performance like that of the Kenogami House, a centrally l...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The "Damn-Near" Passive House project Resilient design features for new home construction Off Grid wood pellet stoves that need no electricity Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Gui...