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MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...designed to produce a conservative estimate of a home’s EnerGuide rating . The tool has also allowed individual designers and builders to see their home’s projected performance while still in the design phase, and explore different options in order to achieve desired results. The response to MIBOP from both CEAs an...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

...and moving on to building lot particulars. Two neighbouring homes will face many similar issues, but may have greatly differing ones as well. This can be due to building design, sun exposure, soil conditions, material choices or even topography to name a few. Assessing and planning for durability issues helps creat...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning released a landmark report Feb. 29 that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. “Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions” describes potential adaptive str...

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

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...and severe, resources like energy, food and water are becoming more and more scarce in some areas, and a growing world population means more and more people want a piece of that shrinking pie. To be able to offer your family a safe, warm home and enough to eat without relying on societal infrastructure is what define...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design and build a modestly-sized but functional home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...and shading for passive heating and cooling • green roofs to moderate indoor temperatures and mitigate the heat-island effect • interior design and the use of thermal mass to facilitate passive-heating strategies • climate specific design: insulation, waterproofing, soundproofing, air barriers and vapour control ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...and some have more than one. Please refer to the rating system for more details. Innovation & Design Process (ID) 1.1 Preliminary rating: Conduct a preliminary meeting with your LEED provider and key members of your project team. It is here where you will determine what points you are eligible for and wish to tar...

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

...planning process. Using the Passive House Planning Package [PHPP] software to ensure the home would achieve the Passive House Standard, we designed the envelope and chose our building materials carefully to provide a continuous layer of insulation and airtightness around the whole home. We ensured our construction me...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...design, which also meet requirements for Whistler’s Price Restricted House Initiative. “One of the major hesitations associated with ultra-low energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects and a leading expert in Passive House Design and Planning. “We wanted to show that...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...designing traditional entrances that people will rarely if ever use; those are home-design templates from a generation past. Think of all those older homes which have grand front door entrances that go unused, while people regularly come in and out of kitchen or side doors. Designing a smaller and more functional space...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...and select candidates that are best suited to the application. Among the constraints and risks to be considered are: load limitations of existing structures; exposure to wind; frequency and severity of droughts; and potential for damage by people. Structural capacity - important elements of commercial green roof desi...