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Couple Builds Energy Efficient Passive Solar Home – Green Building

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In this video we meet Casey & Natasha, a conscious couple who built a passive solar home near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to orienting their house to face south, they installed overhangs that block the sun to keep it cool during summer months and allow the sun to enter and heat the house during winter months. They also installed a 10 kW solar system that sells clean electricity back to the grid through Ontario’s MicroFIT Program and the revenue helps cover their own utility bills.

The house was built to Passive House standards and is currently pending certification. You can learn more about Passive House here:

The exterior walls of this house are 20″ thick and are insulated using Roxul insulation which is made locally, better for the environment, can get wet, and has less flame retardants than traditional fiberglass insulation, which means cleaner air quality in the home.

To maximize the energy efficiency of their home, they installed triple glazed windows, a drain water heat recovery system, an air source heat pump water heater, and a bioethanol fireplace. They also chose sustainable alternatives like concrete countertops instead of granite, and reclaimed pine flooring instead of using new wood. Last but not least, they designed their house to be completely fossil fuel-free which means that they don’t use any fossil fuels to power or heat their home.

Casey & Natasha are building a conscious group of companies to align their work life with their personal values. Their companies include The Conscious Builder, the Conscious Living podcast and the Conscious Store (coming soon!).


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Mat & Danielle

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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.


Sim-sim passenger says:

Wahoo there so much high technology and so much taping plastic/Polymere wrap in this house you must have spicy contract with your labours to maintain this plastic wrap efficient beyond the 20 years warranty of most of the components you use.
So much technology and at the end there is a high electricity consumption.
That is not saving the planet, that is emphasise fossil industry there is more oil based products stored in the make up of this house than fossil fuel which this house could have consume during its entire life style.
In 50 years what will you do of all this junk rubbish.

Mistee Browning says:

The blue ventilation tubes you use with your Air Pohoda system. What brand are those? Thanks so much!

elfs garden says:

Wow so many negatives. I think what they are doing is great.

jared day says:

Really big for that much people, maybe they plan to multiply much more*

petrzalkai says:

this couple reminds me the intelligent couple at the beginning of Idiocracy

The Hyphenator says:

“Energy Efficient” should be hyphenated in your video title.

Sirios Star says:

I have a passive house that i helped build,too old to do it myself anymore in germany. I will list the things that we did differently –
We have 13.5 cm of solid wood as the shell of the house , This provides a bit of thermal mass to prevent quick changes in temp.
Then we have 14 cm of wood fiber insulation on the outside . On top of this insulation are vertical furring strips that are vented at the bottom and top and are also used to attach the wood siding.
We used triple pane tilt and turn windows that use a powder coated metal sill . this sill is attached in a groove under the window and extends out over the outside insulation and siding . It will never leak for the life of the windows.
Our main heating is with a two ton soapstone wood oven that is run for two to three hours every other day or so. It takes about three days for the house to cool down but because i like it hot , i fire it more often . We live next to a large forest area so there is a constant supply of left over wood from the timber companies.
Ventilation is non mechanical . We open some windows in the morning and evening to allow for fresh air. We don't worry about pollutants because the materials of the house including rugs, furniture bedding, everything , is from natural sources .
The back up heating ( radiators ) and hot water is from a wood pellet oven in the basement with seven tons of storage in a separate enclosed room. We had to have this system because of local codes . If we went with an all electric system we would have to spend an additional twenty thousand for solar electrical . I wouldn't do the pellet system again if i had the choice. Too much maintenance and too much destruction of forests to supply pellets. I might change it when it gets old and tired.
Anyway the house is super comfortable to live in. very quiet and warm enough in winter to run around in a t shirt and shorts.
By the way, nice job on your house , it's beautiful .

Колька Пепси says:

I did it quickly and efficiently with instructions from Avasva webpage.

Stephen H says:

Just a cornucopia of bull$hit here. Rich people pretending to care amuse me. 😉

BornToRunBarefoot says:

A “ conscious” couple? Well, obviously they are conscious since they are awake and able to communicate. Why did you need to state that they are conscious? Did you ever attempt to interview a couple who are unconscious?

A.J B says:

Here is an idea on savings – build 2000 sqft house and you will cut the cost 50% !!

Morgan Reid says:

So many haters! I loved this video and the family seems super sweet and caring. I think this has a wider reach to those of us who don’t want to live in a significant small space. Which is a big thing, guys. This spreads awareness across options, which makes living in harmony with nature more appealing and accessible to *everyone*. So very inspiring! 💛

Anton Shkabara says:

I did it quickly and efficiently with instructions from Avasva webpage.

Shanta Hsieh says:

Check guide from Avasva eco blog.

Shanta Hsieh says:

if you want to know how to make some of your DIY kinds of stuff yourself, just go to an Avasva website. There you'll find your answers 🙂

Chipwhitley274 says:

"… triple glazed obviously …"

You contradict yourself… you explain that you have south facing windows that intentionally focus on higher SHGC which sacrifices U-Value… but then you "obviously" use triple glaze to increase U-Value at the detriment of SHGC.

Brian Mombourquette says:

There is nothing passive about the alpha concept that destroying virgin forest for a giant house is the way to go. Tightly built towns and cities are far more passive on the earth…

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