Posts Tagged ‘heat recovery ventilator’

Aspen Root Passive House

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Highest energy hurdle met with superior envelope and quality materials

The Aspen Root Passive Home is the culmination of a 25-year journey for the owners who both work in the environmental industry and are committed to reducing their own ecological footprint. The home is a prototype sustainable building incorporating passive design principles, and best-practices in cold climate building science and construction.

By Henry Tufts

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HRVs and ERVs

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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.

By Denis Boyer

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SAB HOMES 5 - Wood Avenue House

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Large Georgian home leaves small enviro footprint

Ottawa’s first LEED Platinum detached house is located in the city’s upscale Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood northeast of downtown. It replaces an older, much modified and energy inefficient home that the owners had occupied for many years.

By Linda Chapman

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SAB HOMES 4 - Radiant Floor Heating

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Comfort, versatility … and even savings

Whether renovating or building new, RFH – Radiant Floor Heating - can offer comfort, savings and versatility. Since our feet sense the warmth from the floor first, making the rest of our body comfortable from the bottom up, the method of radiating heat upward and evenly from the floor throughout a room can actually save on the heating bill. RFH can be adapted to any heating system and can even be used for cooling.

By  Hugh Perry

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Ball’s falls centre for conservation

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Passive and active measures a model for small scale design

The east elevation and main entrance

Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is part of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s Nodal Park System - providing public education and awareness of the Niagara Escarpment. The new Centre for Conservation will serve as a public entry point to the 20 Valley World Biosphere Reserve and the preserved heritage settlement. (more…)


miniHome - Suburban Infill

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Prefabrication, compact interior quality proposes new way of living

Distinctive cladding consists of corrugated galvanized steel and Prodema wood panels.
by Jim Taggart
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In spite of increased urbanization, the average size of single family houses in North America has more than doubled in the last 50 years, while the size of the average family has decreased. Given the intermittent use of most rooms in the home, this represents a highly inefficient use of land, materials and resources. (more…)


Toronto Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

State-of-the-art training centre balances active and passive technologies

The East elevation where vehicle bays and bermed earth act as thermal buffers and reduce perimeter wall exposure
by Kasia Mychajlowycz
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When the Greater Toronto Airport Authority [GTAA] chose to pursue LEED™ Silver certification for the first time on its new Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute [FESTI], it signified a new sense of commitment to sustainable building technology and a willingness to be held accountable to the rigorous design guidelines and third-party certification of the LEED™ process. (more…)


Painter Studio

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Site placement, details and modest technologies deliver bright, energy-efficient interior

The slot window on the south side illuminates a work counter

by Paul Dowling

A 640sf studio, an outbuilding for an existing residence in southern Ontario, opens to an intimate grouping of shaded residential gardens. With limited means, the modest project uses control of natural light, simple details, and off-the-shelf mechanical systems to create a pleasing, efficient work space. (more…)