ECOHOUSE CANADA - SPRING 2014

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THE FIRST LEED CANADA FOR HOMES-IN-REVIEW


The First-ever supplement of LEED-Certified homes

In this issue we have teamed up with the Canada Green Building Council to publish the first-ever LEED Canada for Homes-in-Review – a list of all homes certified under the
LEED rating system, along with selected profiles of some of the projects. The list of homes certified under various rating programs is only going to get longer, and we hope to show that growth in future issues. 

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MAKE ROOM FOR DENSITY


Renovation a model for improving
Vancouver’s existing housing stock

Located in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood of Vancouver’s east end, the original house was representative of the houses constructed during the early decades of the last century: poorly insulated, disconnected from the street, and with little natural light. The new owners - young professionals with modest funds and a new baby - looked to transform the house to suit a contemporary lifestyle with an eye to sustainable building.

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THE INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILY HOME



Novel living concept wrapped
in a passive design

The Intergenerational House is a prototype 3,000 sf energy-efficient residence inspired by multi-generational living in close yet separate quarters as can be found in Europe and Asia. The design provides a three-storey main house, lower suite and a laneway house on a typical 33’ x 122’ Vancouver building lot with space allocated as: two adults and two children in the main house, grandparents in the spacious, lower two-bedroom suite, and tenants in the small laneway home, which could possibly house the children in future.

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NET ZERO PROTOTYPE FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


Can a sustainable home be affordable?

That is the question Stantec, Lafarge, and Habitat for Humanity set out to answer with the development of a Net Zero energy duplex in Edmonton. 

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KENOGAMI HOUSE


The Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
is the first home built under Ecohome’s Net Zero Heat program. It holds the highest LEED point score achieved in Canada [106], a Net Zero Heat rating of 14.6 kWh and a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder© Media in the U.S. for Best Resilient Design.

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HRV AND ERV


Essential components of a high-performance home

Whether natural or mechanical, ventilation in homes is a must. Houses are no longer built to leak heat and moisture the way they used to be; we now build them as airtight as
we can. This makes mechanical ventilation
essential in a high-performance home.

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NET ZERO HEAT


Rating system and design service
practical way to save energy

Our web partners at Ecohome.net have recently taken passive heating and cooling to a new level, and released a program called Net Zero Heat [NZH]. It is a rating system unlike most others, as it is also a design service that promotes an entirely new philosophy in home design.

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