Posts Tagged ‘ecoHouse Canada’

The Systems

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Strategy

Energy efficiency is a big topic, and at times a rather convoluted one. It takes energy to heat and light a house, it takes energy to cook and wash in a house, it takes energy to manufacture and transport materials to build a house. So, if you want to create a house with a reduced energy/carbon footprint, there are a lot of ways to do that.

By Mike Reynolds

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The Interior

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Using low-impact materials that are also healthier for occupants was a priority in design. Wherever possible products containing contaminants were avoided, aiming for low and zero Volatile Organic Compound [VOC] surface finishes, as well sourcing products that were free of formaldehyde. Durability was also a priority, so for surfaces in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms, materials that are more resistant to water and moisture damage were chosen. Here is a quick rundown of some notable products we used and some of their origins.

By Emmanuel Cosgrove

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The Shell

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Location and orientation of the house on the lot was chosen not only for passive solar heat gain, but to make best use of the terrain for drainage, to limit the cutting of mature trees as much as possible and to ensure a quality of life for occupants with a mix of privacy and usable outdoor space.

By Mike Reynolds

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The Design Philosophy

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design a home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on par with those homes in construction cost.

By Mike Reynolds

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A final word from the builders

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

From design all the way through to completion, this was a very rewarding and challenging
project, as we’re sure any of the builders on our team would attest to.

By Mike Reynolds and Emmanuel Cosgrove

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Passive House Design:

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

An Architect’s Perspective

Too often we equate energy efficiency with sustainability, overlooking considerations of  form and design. I was interested to explore how a structure designed to meet the rigorous standards of PH modelling might differ from any other.

By Lucio Picciano

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The Salus Clementine project

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

A learning experience in thermal bridging solutions

The Salus Clementine development consists of a four-storey apartment building in Ottawa offering 42 single-occupancy units for men and women living with severe mental illness. The project is targeting LEED for Homes Platinum Certification as well as Passive House Certification, the most stringent energy efficiency standard in the world. The project is currently under construction.

By Sonia Zouari and Anthony Leaning

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The North Park Passive House

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

First PH MURB on Vancouver Island makes case for affordability

Building the first Passive house on Vancouver Island, a duplex shared with our son Mark’s family, convinced us that the market in Victoria was ready for Passive House market condominiums. To follow through we built the North Park Passive house, a six-unit urban infill market condominium.

By Rob Bernhardt

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Passive House on the Lake

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

A modern interpretation in prefab on a difficult site

The objective of the design for this lakeside home was to create a modern interpretation of the Passive House. The clients wanted to meet the Standard without having to compromise on design. Preliminary discussions were focused on typical planning and programming within the home given some very difficult site constraints. The topography and compact nature of the site were a huge challenge. The waterfront site slopes sharply down to the east with panoramic views out over the lake and mountains across the valley.

By Lydia hunter

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Cottonwood House

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Passive House passes cold-climate test

The Cottonwood Passive House is one of the first homes in Alberta built to the Passive House standard. Located in a developer subdivision, the owners and project team hope to demonstrate that exceptional energy efficiency is a realistic and achievable goal, even in a suburban context.

By David Zeibin

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