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Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

Find the builders and see the homes that succeeded in the Net Zero Energy Canadian pilot project. In the EcoHome green building guide pages you can learn to build a Net Zero Energy Home that can withstand a climate change. Net Zero Energy Homes pilot program goals The goal of the R-2000 Net Zero Energy homes pilot pro…

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

Are you a BC builder concerned about what the new BC Energy Step Code will mean for your business? EcoHome's been writing articles about high-efficiency construction for over 10 years, so relax, we can help. The new BC Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to prov…

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

The new Powerhouse standard factors the entire energy consumption and life cycle of buildings from cradle to grave. Powerhouse is a new building standard that originated in Norway, one that certifies buildings that produce more energy over their lifetime than they will use. There are already many positive-production b…

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

A Saanich, BC. home is the first certified with the CHBA's Net Zero Label. Net Zero Homes - the design & certification process In May of 2017, the Canadian Home Builders Association [CHBA] officially launched its Net Zero Home Labelling Program, following the successful completion of a 15-month pilot project to valida…

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

Performance: Passive Solar Index 15 Registration date: February 12, 2015 Region: Saguenay, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rating: 15 kWh / m² Method of calculation: Modelled Built by owner Alain Hamel, the Kenogami House is located at Lac Kenogami, Saguenay, Quebec, and is a winner of the Gree…

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory

What is the Living Building Challenge?

The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous and comprehensive of all building rating systems, certified on merit alone after 12 months of occupancy. What is the Living building challenge? The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous and comprehensive of all building rating systems. Performance requirement…

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

Presented by SAB Magazine (Sustainable Architecture and Building) and the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council), the Canadian Green Building Awards 2013 is open to all. Register your project before March 15th. The Canadian Green Building Awards are open to anyone who thinks they have a contender. No certification is n…

Leed platinum plaque

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

Green Home building certification programs & rating systems offer an independent & credible third party appraisal of the health, durability & performance of homes & buildings. Why Green Home certification? As more people pursue high efficiency Green home rating certifications, they become increasingly well known and t…

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Taking the Living Building Challenge

The Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, ON sets its sights on the Living Building Challenge. The Living Building challenge is one of the toughest green building certifications to complete, and has yet to be achieved in Canada. The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit trade school in Peterborough Ontario, is setting out to…

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

Soon to be riding along with the Natural Resources Canada R-2000 program will be a new pilot project that will recognize builders who achieve net zero energy performance in homes. From the Natural Resources Canada website: Overview: The R-2000 Net Zero Energy pilot aims to recognize the builders and homes reaching net…

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

Green Home Renovation Tax Credits, Net Zero Home Grants & interest free loans & incentives for home renovations will all help Canadians to live more sustainably in 2020 & beyond - Ecohome has the details. Green Home Incentives: Net Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politics…

News

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First IREE Certification

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First Retrofit IREE Certification

Toronto's Woodgreen Project leads the way for energy retrofits in affordable Green housing in achieving the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification. Efficiency Capital’s energy efficiency retrofit project across several WoodGreen Community Housing buildings is the first project in Canada to achieve the I…

BC Energy Step Code - Building Sustainable Homes in Canada

BC Leads the way in energy efficient housing and green job creation though the BC Energy Step Code

BC Energy Step Code - A step in the right direction for Sustainable home building in Canada. This step follows in the path of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative, which began in 2009, with the Greenest City Action Team masterminded & co-chaired by Gregor Robertson, at that time Mayor of Vancouver, and David R. B…

Got a Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

Presented by SAB Magazine and the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council), the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards are open to all. The Canadian Green Building Awards are open to anyone who thinks they have a contender. No certification is needed, all homes are judged based on their merits alone. Winners will receive na…

LEED Condos in Lac Megantic

CaGBC lends its support to rebuilding efforts in Calgary and Lac-Mégantic

Canada Green Building Council to provide free LEED registration and certification for rebuilding projects in Calgary and Lac-Mégantic. Ottawa, ON – April 15, 2014 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce it is working with regional partners to lend support to the rebuilding efforts underway f…

Advice

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Can you insulate an existing slab on grade floor?

Posted by Patrick Berkeley Dec. 31, 2020, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses