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Planning & Designing Sustainable Green Homes

This section of the Green Building Guides helps define the steps for building resilient, sustainable & healthy homes. If building a new house, improving or renovating an existing home, choosing a building lot or finding Green homes for sale, there are priorities to set & decisions to make - like what's the best wood to use for framing, whether to choose a basement or slab on grade foundation & especially, how to fix and keep to a home building budget. Think to ask questions too!

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What’s the best option for buying a prefab house in Montana?

Posted by Jennifer Curtis Jan. 18, 2021, 7:43 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the cost of a prefab house kit?

Posted by Makiko Goto-Widerman Jan. 15, 2021, 10:50 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do |I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Can you raise a garage floor?

Posted by Anwar Chowdhury Jan. 3, 2021, 2 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How to sell an item? I have 2 cans of unused deck paint...

Posted by Ashleigh Franklin Dec. 2, 2020, 1:43 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I donate all my construction tools/supplies?

Posted by Sam Djam Nov. 30, 2020, 3:54 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Are these homes available in Michigan?

Posted by Suzanne Loechl Nov. 27, 2020, 1:12 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is Canada's climate zone?

Posted by Nathan Chan Nov. 25, 2020, 8:45 p.m. Lifestyle, location and commuting 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

Is there an update on your demo house solar air heater?

Posted by dean c Oct. 24, 2020, 2 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses


Planning and Design

While building LEED certified houses, Passive House, Passive Solar, ZNE - or any other types of Green certifications & rating systems for better homes can be complicated, the guides are designed to help make building better homes easier by providing practical guidance and information... Even experienced contractors may find building sustainable, resilient, high-efficiency homes daunting so it's probably going to look complicated, but there are many simple, affordable, energy saving & "good practice" home-building construction tips in the Green Building Guides that will improve just about any home.

If building a Sustainable home for your family looks daunting, you can also find more information on Architect designed prefabricated Passive House & LEED ready Kit Homes available in Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire here that helps make choosing a Green Home easier.

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