Energy Efficiency

Efficient design and home automation


Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort and convenience

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems

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.

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.

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.

Balanced insulation levels in a home

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are...

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?

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.

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

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.

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 cli...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient home in New Brunswick

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home

With a $77 annual heating bill, the Naugler House has earned its bragging rights

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