ECOHOUSE CANADA - Summer  2013

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nested design

House inside a house concept could mean
huge energy savings

As temperatures fall in winter, heating costs inevitably rise. In response, Canadians pull out their slippers, light the hearth and vigilantly monitor their thermostats, but what more can be done? According to collaborative research led by Ryerson University, a simple change in the way we live in our homes, and the introduction of a heat pump, could save up to 80% on energy consumption.

By Johanna VanderMaas  

 

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BELGRAVIA GREEN HOUSE

Net zero works in the average neighbourhood

As part of a three-house development in a charming, mature Edmonton neighbourhood, the Belgravia House is a net-zero-energy home, meaning it produces as much energy as
it consumes. The house has large south-facing windows that allow the sun’s heat and light in while offering fantastic views of a playground and green space. The south roof deck gives great views and lets the house engage the community, while the solar-electric system directly
behind quietly generates electricity.

By Les Wold

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2013 CANADIAN GREEN BUILDING AWARDS RESIDENTIAL WINNING PROJECTS - GEORGIA GREEN AND THROUGH HOUSE

 Georgia Green

Through House

 


BUILD A POLY-FREE HOUSE: JUST PAINT ON YOUR VAPOUR BARRIER

When you treat air barriers and vapour
barriers as the completely separate wall components that they are [see EcoHouse Spring 2013 issue], you can plan them individually and explore options beyond the standard polyethylene vapour barrier. In order to really explore this idea, it is important to first envision a 'vapour barrier' not as a specific product, but rather as a concept. Your 'vapour barrier' is the means by which you control vapour diffusion, and there is more than one way to do that.

By Mike Reynolds

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