ECOHOUSE CANADA CURRENT ISSUE - Winter 2015/16

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Zehnder Ecogenia
Columbia Forest Products
Mitsubishi
Riopel
Euroline Windows

 


Special issue: the complete record of the high-performance edelweiss demo home


The Design Philosophy

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.  Read more ...



The Shell

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.  Read more ...




The interior

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.  Read More ...

 


The systems

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.   Read more ...


A final word from the builders

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.   Read more ...