ECOHOUSE CANADA CURRENT ISSUE - Summer 2015

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Zehnder Eco Building Resource/Siga
Delta System
Ultra Touch/Twin Maple
Fibertec Windows and Doors
Euroline
Demilec/Heat lok Soya  

THE ECOHOME DEMO HOUSE update


STAGE THREE: Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

Our previous update covered aspects of the building envelope which allowed us to reduce the annual heating requirement to about the Passive House standard of 15 kWh per square metre. Windows are a part of that but they are also part of our energy performance strategy. The house is laid out south facing to maximize passive solar heat gain, so we have designed and chosen windows to take best advantage of that.  Read more ...


HOUSE IN LOW


Off grid, passively-heated home achieves LEED Gold

When you’re a long way from the amenities of civilization, employing both active and passive solar strategies can provide security, independence and just good living in general.

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BEYOND R-VALUES


Beyond R-Values

The thermal performance of wall
assemblies and insulation products has long been characterized using R-value, a metric which describes thermal resistance. While R-value is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story about heat flow through building enclosures such as walls and roofs.

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2015 RESIDENTIAL WINNING PROJECT OF THE CANADIAN GREEN BUILDING AWARDS

Beechwood Deep Energy Retrofit

Post-World War II bungalow re-made
for healthy, low-energy living
.

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URBAN STRAW BALE RENO

Renewed 90-year old Tudor-style home gets big energy cut

Air tightness, improved insulation, new windows, reduction of thermal bridges, and ventilation based on Passive House principles reduce energy consumption by nearly 80%.

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ENERGY EVALUATIONS CAN GUIDE A RENOVATION

A major renovation, such as finishing a basement, installing new siding or replacing the heating system is also a major investment. With continually rising fuel prices, more and more homeowners are considering how to reduce their energy bills while planning renovations. They want to know where energy savings can be added into their renovation plans prior to making large changes to their home.  Read more ...

RIGID FOAM PANELS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME

Learn where and how they are best used

With increasing attention put on thermal bridging in construction, rigid foam is finding its way into more and more homes, but which one should you use?  Read more ...