Energy Efficiency

Efficient design and home automation

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Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems… So what is a smart home? When paired with intelligent and connected home devices, the phones that most of us carry in our pockets can make our homes safer, more comfortable and durable, and reduce our home energy c...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

Dense materials hold more heat than light fluffy stuff does. This can work for or against you.… Materials in a home that act as thermal mass are things like concrete, masonry, ceramic tiles, even a large volume of wood like timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal mass in a building can be an a...

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes.… This article was inspired by an excellent podcast that can be found at Positive Energy, where I have yet to hear a podcast that I didn't want to listen to a second...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed.… What is a thermal battery? Thermal mass of any kind can by definition be called a thermal battery, as it has the ability to store heat. In the context of a house...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation when building a Green Home means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed.… Home Insulation, How Much do I need & Where? Think of the heat in your home as if it were water behind a dam, and t...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

Better houses can be cheaper to live in from day one. Why build a less comfortable, and less efficient home if it actually costs more?… 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 thin...

R values and insulation performance

Understanding thermal performance

Study shows there are more factors at play beyond simply the R value of materials in determining the thermal performance of buildings.… First published in ecoHouse Canada The thermal performance of wall assemblies and insulation products has long been characterized using R-value, a metric which describes thermal ...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

A case study by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute on Ecohome's Kenogami House in Northern Quebec… A resilient home for Sustainability Northern Quebec isn’t a place where one might expect to look for a model of resilience. It’s bone-chilling cold in the winter with 10,450 heating degree days per year (...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

Thermal bridges in walls can reduce the overall performance of a home. Thermal breaks are the answer to this problem.… It is easy to look at the R value rating of a material and assume that our entire wall assembly matches it uniformly. But when you factor in the thermal bridges caused by framing materials and any d...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold climate home construction.… The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable...

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

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

With a $77 annual heating bill, the Naugler House has earned its bragging rights as a Passive House design for cold climates… With a heating bill of $77 for an entire winter, the Naugler House is without a doubt the most energy-efficient home in New Brunswick. Not only will it save money long-term, it is saving mone...

News

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

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

With climate change on everyone's lips, this UK survey of over 2000 people gives some interesting insights on their thoughts about homes in the future...… Smart Homes of the Future  On one hand we have what "the experts" think Smart Homes of the future will be like, with 'Intelligent' temperature-controlled bed s...

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declared by UK Architects

UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Buildings & Construction play a major part in climate change & biodiversity loss - nearly 40% of CO2 emissions - EcoHome signed the Pledge… Climate change & biodiversity loss are a fact - so what can we do? Climate change & biodiversity loss are the most serious issues we can have a positive impact on by changing...

Tesla solar roof

The Tesla Solar Roof price and release date

The Tesla Solar Roof is available this summer in Canada but it won't be cheap.… Tesla's Solar Roof hit the news last year on the heels of their Powerwall home battery, both of which brought a lot of great attention to home solar power generation. When we first reported on it during that exciting news cycle, there wa...

Earth Day 50th Anniversary April 22 2020 - Ecohome

Earth Day 50th Anniversary is the 22 April 2020 - What's the History, and How can we all Help?

aka "Celebrate Earth Day every Day, not just Once a Year!" By spending our Money wisely We can make a difference to the Planet our children will Inherit...… Here at ecoHOME.net we’re all about promoting Better Construction with a helpful focus on the step-by-step “How To” of Designing, Specifying, Building or Renova...

Advice

Considering building a gigacrete house?

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Efficient home design 0 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

The Kenogami house costs

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Current info and references for Legalett Air Heated Shallow Foundation system

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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