ECOHOUSE CANADA - Summer 2014

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One Planet Reno, Ottawa


The 2014 Canadian Green Building residential award-winning project

The One Planet Reno project set out to create a beautiful and functional family home for four, complete with a home office, while simultaneously minimizing the ecological footprint of construction and eliminating carbon emissions from operations. The comprehensive renovation of a neglected century-old home was chosen as the basis for the project, limiting the area of new additions in order to minimize embodied energy.  Read more ...

 


INSULATING WALLS WITH DENSE PACK CELLULOSE


Time for some respect

In 2005, Metric Homes of Carp, Ontario designed and built Canada's first Energy Star labelled home in Canada. This home was built with dense-packed cellulose as the wall insulation of choice. Their intent was to produce a better built home with a goal of creating "a proper balance between additional efficiency and price such that it would
be attractive to future clients".  
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HOUSE C4


Big makeover brings modern look and function

The house is a three-storey flat roof structure with a
two-storey addition in the rear. Flat roofs were chosen not only for the modern appearance but for rain water collection and green roof application. The house, with its modern appearance, is appropriately positioned on the site. Set back slightly from its neighbours, the house takes on a more humbled position in the row of houses.
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BUILDING BETTER BASEMENTS


Comfort, durability and healthier indoor air

The musty basement smell that we have come to accept as unavoidable is actually quite avoidable. The solution is really very simple - don't build below grade with walls that were designed for above grade, because they can't possibly do what you want them to do.   Read more ...

 


GREAT GULF ACTIVE HOUSE


Big builder pushes the boundaries of green residential development

Great Gulf, one of the country’s largest home builders, is simultaneously concerned with being an innovative, forward-thinking company, and a competitive builder in the residential market. This project in Thorold, Ontario was a leap of faith in a market that has not to date shown much interest in sustainability.   Read more ...


TIPS FROM THE FIELD


Essential components of a high-performance home

“Green” has been a buzzword over the last few decades. We are bombarded with reality TV shows, websites, magazines and product descriptions that often give conflicting information about their green claims. For builders, sorting through these conflicting claims can be challenging. For home owners, it’s worse. It can be both confusing and discouraging.   Read more ...