Passive Solar & Net Zero

Passive heating, off-grid and Net Zero homes

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A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

The Toronto Healthy House was built in 1996, completely independent of municipal water, sewer and electricity systems. Here is a look back at it.… In 1996, this off-grid house designed by architect Martin Liefhebber was one of two concept homes selected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part o...

Passive House in Quebec

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

Recounting the trials — and joys — of building a Canadian home to meets the "Passivhaus" standard.… First, the background to this Passivhaus My partner and I are geeks. Our idea of a romantic dream was to build a house so well insulated you could heat it with a hairdryer. For added fun, we wanted to do this on a ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

A certified Passive House in North America & Canada can be certified by the Passive House Institute PHI or PHIUS, the US certification system. Discover the differences to decide which Passive House certification is best for you...… What is Passive House certification? The term “Passive House” was once obscure jar...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

The Windsor Park Net Zero House in Edmonton won 2017 Canadian Green Building Award in the Technical category, proving that Green Building a home is both possible and Beautiful… As owners of this project, we acted as both the designer and general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungal...

Zero Carbon Building

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

Mark Hutchinson, Vice President of Green Building Programs at the CaGBC, speaks about the new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative…   SAB: What does the CaGBC hope to achieve with the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative? Mark Hutchinson: The CaGBC launched the zero carbon building initiative in 2016 to champion the m...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

Follow owner/builders Sarah Cobb and William Murray as they build a home targeting both Passive House and LEED Certification… Building a Passive House that's also LEED certified This is an owner blog EcoHome posted following the personal experience of Sarah Cobb and William Murray of Rocket Construction Inc. as t...

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

Project team Design and Construction: McClure Construction Registration date:  April 15, 2016 Region: Drummondville, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family new home PSI rating: 41 kWh / m² Estimation method: Measured Products worthy of mention Fenplast, IsoPlus casement windows VanEE, VRC Silv...

Passive House design Vancouver

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

As a part of their Greenest City Action Plan, Vancouver is helping builders get homes certified under the Passive House Standard.… Vancouver has set a goal of being the greenest city in the world by the year 2020. Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public transportation, bike lanes, encouraging ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium on Vancouver Island, BC… Passive House construction on Vancouver Island Building the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, a duplex shared with our son Mark’s family, convinced us that the market in Victoria was ready for Passive Hou...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building.… This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved, written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. Find previous...

Off-grid leed home

Off-grid living blog post 4: appliances, mechanical and other systems

How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life.… This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home.  In years past, the mechanical sy...

News

Vancouver tests Passive House efficiency with the Ice Box Challenge

The Ice Box Challenge compares Passive House construction to standard code-built construction by measuring the volume of melted ice after weeks in the sun.… A Passive House uses very little energy to stay warm and comfortable, regardless of the season and regardless of weather conditions. The requirements for Passiv...

USGBC Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year Earthship Farmstead

Kaplan Thompson Earthship Farmstead home receives high praise from the USGBC

The Wallace Residence, also known as the Earthship Farmstead, was named Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council…   Editors note: This home has been named 'Earthship' but is not an official Earthship trademarked by Earthship Global.  From the USGBC : Outstanding Single F...

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...

OUR HOUSE: a community home building endeavour

Handing over the keys to the new owners of a LEED home built by students and donated to Habitat for Humanity… Our House is the story of a small town united around the construction of an exemplary home. After being awarded with the ‘Prix d'excellence’ at the end of 2017 by the Public Administrator of Quebec (the firs...

Advice

The Kenogami House heating system

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation?

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Looking for great reasonably priced way to heat an off grid home

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 1 Responses

What is the cost of Net Zero?

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

Posted by Anonymous July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 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

hydronic radiant cooling

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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