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Energy efficiency

Vancouver tests Passive House efficiency with the Ice Box Challenge

...Passive House design maximizes passive solar heat absorption with south facing windows, plus high levels of insulation and an extremely airtight building envelo...

Heat Reflective Paint for Roofs & Walls, Does it Work?
Products and Materials

A new reflective paint can reduce energy consumption & lower cooling bills

...passive heating and cooling strategies in the Ecohome Green Building Guide and on the following pages: Passive solar home design - watch this free video s...

The tallest Passive House in the world will soon be built in Vancouver BC
Urban planning

Passive House reaches new heights in Vancouver Canada!

...Passive House Green Home Rating System and making it easier for home builders to meet Passive House Certification requirements, Vancouver is succeeding in reduc...

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office
Architecture

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

...heated and cooled through a series of 20 geothermal wells optimized by a ground-source heat pump system. Geothermal heat pumps are located between two large the...

#BuildingLife #WGBW2019
Climate Change

This week is World Green Building Week - & EcoHome makes its pledge

...Passive House ready prefab kit homes, see here. Did you know buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions? 28%...

A building made from K-Tect’s foam and steel structural insulated pane
Products and Materials

A New High Performance Wall System Makes Inroads Into the Ottawa Construction Market

...passive solar design, airtight building envelope and no thermal bridging, this family enjoys an energy-efficient home with superior indoor air quality. Structur...

USGBC Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year Earthship Farmstead
Design

Kaplan Thompson Earthship Farmstead home receives high praise from the USGBC

...heating than a typical house, and it can be heated on the coldest night of the winter with the energy of two hairdryers. As described by Kaplan Thompson Archi...

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest
Architecture

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

...passive solar designs , the use of deciduous trees to assist in heating and cooling. Shade coverage from foliage will act as a natural means of cooling in the s...

Carbon Tax USA & Canada - If it brings investment to lower carbon then it's good
Policy and Regulations

Carbon tax in Canada or USA – How More Tax might be a Good Thing

...heat sources such as heat pumps, perform energy efficient home renovations, and better protect homes from climate related weather events . Watch for the dolla...

Home Energy labeling, Impact of Mandatory labels on Real Estate prices US Canada
Real estate

The North American Property market faces a ticking timebomb - Mandatory energy labeling - and here's what to do about it

...heat and cool! Which countries around the world have mandatory Energy Labeling for homes? As can be seen on the table below, the USA and Canada are lagging ...

Smart Homes of the Future, Survey reveals what Adults & Kids think sustainable
Innovation

The Future of Smart Homes, a recent survey explores how our homes will change to respond to climate change

...heat and provide energy to the house Recycling bins built into kitchen appliances for easier recycling (e.g. in fridges etc) What Children think Smart hom...