Affordable home design / Discussions

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...affordable home to build, nor is it a sensible, comfortable or durable one . They’re a bit of a gimmick that sort of made themselves obsolete by not adapting ov...

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

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Homes on a Budget How to Stay on Budget When Building a Home And for general design ideas, I’d say you are better off starting with a slab on grade and not ...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...homes tend to be more affordable than site-built homes, and they are available in Ontario if you’re interested. you can see our Passive House and LEED ready pre...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...home devices for energy efficient automated home design . Lots of wall and ceiling and foundation and attic insulation - yes, see our page here about balancin...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best heating system for new home build?

...home you would easily be able to set a timer so it only heats during off peak hours, which can make it quite affordable. As for not having cold feet, good cal...

Posted by Maureen Thompson Oct. 28, 2021, 11:33 p.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...affordable home that you could transport, a prefab kit house is an option that may be worth exploring, have a look at this page– LEED Platinum prefab kit home...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...homes are not yet available out west unfortunately, but if you sign up as an Ecohome member (which is free and we don't spam endlessly or share addresses), you ...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...homes will be made with pre built walls and more even more likelyis that prefabricated kit homes will be built, delivered and installed, faster and cheaper than...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is the approximate cost per square foot for an ECOHOME?

...affordable housing - just wondering what a ball park cost may be...Best, Anna Franz, PhD, Asst Prof, UDC We have Prefab modular kit homes for Washington state a...

Posted by anna franz April 13, 2021, 3:43 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...design. Most models also come with some ability on the part of homeowners to make minor modifications to existing plans in order to customize homes to meet the ...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...affordable than photovoltaic solar panels. We expect this to be among the more affordable off-grid heating solutions as it will only take a small PV panel to ru...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...home. We purchased some basic house plans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab on grade for the aesthetics, savings, as ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...home' in our part of the world) anyways I am hoping you guys could give some pointers on where to start. The home will have to be 100% off grid due to locatio...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...home building lot How to build a passive solar home How to build a slab on grade Choosing the best home insulation That’s a start to a few pages that ...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...design, performance and material selection, but more than anything it will vary by region . Without knowing where you are it's hard to say. For the quickest ans...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses