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!
Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?
Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?
What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?
Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on a geodesic dome ecohome?
What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?
What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?
Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?
Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?
Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?
How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?
What is the best option for building our next resilient home?
How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?
Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?
If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?
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.