Passive Solar & Net Zero

Passive heating, off-grid and Net Zero homes

Guide

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.

Passive House in Quebec

Passive-Aggressive House

Recounting the trials — and joys — of building a Canadian home that meets the "Passivhaus" standard.

The Spring House Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House

You can have a Passive House certified either by the Passive House Institute (PHI) or PHIUS, the US specific system. Find out the differences.

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton

The Windsor Park Net Zero House in Edmonton wins 2017 Canadian Green Building Award in Technical category.

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

Passive House

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

Vancouver Passive House

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.

North Park Passive House Vancouver Island

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island

The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium

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.

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.

Off-grid home

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

If you are thinking about going off-grid with solar panels and a battery backup, there are lots of good reasons to do so and ways to do it more affordably. W...

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.

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

USGBC Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year Earthship Farmstead

Kaplan Thompson 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

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

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

With the help of The Healthiest Home in Ottawa, a couple in Aylmer, Quebec are the first in the National Capital Region to build a home with an innovative wa...

Advice

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

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

HRV/ERV systems and ground loops (earth tubes)

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do you design and build a home on a very small budget?

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept, design and architecture 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

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