Off Grid, Net Zero Energy and Environmentally Sustainable Passive Solar House Architects
energy efficient custom home design

Passive Solar House Design

Passive solar design involves using windows, walls and floors to collect, store and distribute solar energy in the form of heat during winter and reject solar heat in the summer. Solar homes and other buildings are designed to take advantage of the local climate. Solares designers take pride in being one of Toronto's passive solar architects.

Solar net zero energy home designers.

LEEDThe LEED standard is a voluntary rating program that assesses a project's level of sustainability and healthiness through a set of specific criteria that accounts for site, building and occupants. The certification program is developed and maintained by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and has several certification programs.  The most typical for our projects is LEED Canada For Homes (LCH). A thorough analysis during the design process helps us determine which certification level is desirable and achievable given the particular details of each project. There are four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.


LEED Canada for Homes has eight main areas of focus:

  • Location and Linkages, regarding how homes are socially and environmental related to the larger community.
  • Sustainable Sites, regarding the impact of the property on the site and surroundings.
  • Location and Linkages, regarding how homes are socially and environmental related to the larger community.
  • Sustainable Sites, regarding the impact of the property on the site and surroundings.
  • Water Efficiency, regarding the efficiency of indoor and outdoor water use.
  • Energy and Atmosphere, regarding energy-efficiency in the building envelope and mechanical systems.
  • Materials and Resources, regarding the efficient use of materials and their environmental impact in processing and transport, as well as reduction of construction waste.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, regarding indoor air quality and reduction in air pollutants.
  • Awareness and Education, regarding environmental education of the homeowner or other occupants and building managers about how to operate and manage the sustainable features of the home.
  • Innovation and Design Process, regarding anything above and beyond the areas listed above, which can cover special design methods, unique solutions for reducing environmental or health impacts, and exceptional performance levels.

As part of the LEED for Homes process, the homeowner is required to hire two third-party consultants: a LEED "Service Provider" and a LEED "Green Rater". Several firms offer both these services, and we can help facilitate that arrangement. We work with the LEED Service Provider and Green Rater at each stage of the design and construction process to ensure the project meets its LEED target certification level.

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