A home without a furnace?

Talk about climate action!
the house you can heat with a hair dryer

Passive houses” are popping up in Ottawa — proof of a concept that’s taking off worldwide. They are beautiful, comfortable homes. They also happen to use a tiny fraction the energy of conventional homes. They’re affordable — but ready to weather energy hikes and climate change alike.

So why aren’t more people building them? “Home buyers buy the finishings, not the home”, say the builders. In other words, the typical buyer is more likely to be sold on granite countertops, than on a properly built home. When it comes to new homes, we’re colour blind. We continue to build cold little boxes that are becoming nothing less than death traps, in the face of a changing world.

Choosing a passive house:

  • is much more comfortable than other homes
  • is comfortable and resilient in all weather — from deep freezes to heat waves
  • saves money year after year
  • saves energy, year after year
  • reduces ghg emissions
  • is slightly more expensive to build, but pays for itself in energy savings

In many parts of the world, building codes already stipulate that only passive houses can be built.

Will we continue to be distracted by shiny countertops, locking us into a cold, unsustainable future? Or will we wake up and get up with the times?

Passive houses in and near Ottawa:

Resources:

Passive House Canada — national non-profit organization advancing a green building standard in Canada/ “Our mission is to make the International Passive House standard of building performance understood, achievable, and adopted by government, industry, professionals, and homeowners across Canada through education, advocacy, events, and building projects.” passivehousecanada.com

“Comfort is key in a passive house — Passive homes are the height of energy efficiency, but getting average owners to buy in to the extra cost remains a tough sell.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Canadian Green Building Council (many shades of green including Passive House cagbc.org

Green Building and Environmental Jobs

Let’s Talk Green Economy

We all know that taking action on climate is necessary, but how can concerns about the environment fit into the logic of small and medium businesses here in Ottawa?

That’s what our free workshop series Let’s Talk Green Economy sets out to explain: green can work for your business. Let us show you how.

Find answers to questions like:  What is the Green Economy? How do I Save Energy? Can my Business be Green?  Can Green Grow My Market? Does my Impact Matter?

Let’s Talk Green Economy Workshops will be offered across Ottawa from January to March 2020. Free for Ottawa Businesses! Delivered in-person and online, at your business or at a public space. You choose what works best for you and your staff.

Contact us today to book a workshop at your place of business or to find out about upcoming public workshops.

https://www.envirocentre.ca/de-mystifying-the-green-economy-one-workshop-at-a-time/

Workshops included in the series

10 Steps to a Low Carbon Workplace

An interactive workshop that will provide you with practical tips on reducing your environmental impact in the workplace. Learn how to assess your current greenhouse gas impact and simple ways to reduce it. Register today!

Make Green Work for Your Business

The business landscape is changing, and getting ahead of those changes gives your workplace a competitive advantage! Get past the jargon, and discover how to make “green” work for your business. No matter what sector, services or products you’re providing, you can take action to reduce your footprint now. Register today!

Building Retrofits for SMEs: Where to Start (part 1)

An interactive workshop for Business Owners on energy savings in renovation and the meaning of Net Zero labelling. Register today!

Building Retrofits for SMEs: From Plan to Project (part 2)

An interactive workshop for Business Owners on how to add energy savings to your renovation plans and even reach Net Zero. Register today!

Workshops for Builders & Contractors

Retrofitting to Net Zero: Knowing the Landscape (part 1)

A workshop for Builders, Renovators and Contractors interested in learning about Net Zero Housing. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of what Net Zero means, what its benefits and costs are, and what Net Zero looks like in Ottawa today.  Register today!

Retrofitting to Net Zero: Getting it Right (part 2)

A workshop for Builders, Renovators and Contractors that will take a deeper dive into the building science behind Net Zero. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of the available training opportunities, green building certifications, and how to move from plan to action. Register today!

Green Energy Doors Open 2016

GREEN ENERGY DOORS OPEN – FREE EVENT
September 9-10-11, 2016
100% Sustainable | 100% Achievable

Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is a province-wide FREE 3 day showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. It is organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean and sustainable energy system.

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