Green home / Discussions

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...green home building industry, and a free carbon calculator has recently been released, which lets you input different materials to see the overall impact. Cal...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...home renovations and new builds How to create a house building budget and stay within it Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retro...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...green home building video series on our YouTube channel that takes you through all the steps of durable and efficient home design, here are two from that series...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...home at home! The other problems with the wheels, is that by having a house bounce down a highway it puts a lot of stress on the air barrier as well as joints...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

I have an energy efficient 2,000 sq ft bungalow located on acreage just east of Edmonton. The house was built in 2007 and received the Green Vision Award for A...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Need roof repairs, insulation and new tin, are there grants available?

...home renovations is best searched by entering those terms and your state, provincial or local region. We have a list of green home energy efficiency home improv...

Posted by Ghislaine Morin Aug. 27, 2020, 12:03 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...Green Building Directory on the Ecohome website where you will be able to find professionals, but it’s not ready yet unfortunately. I think your best bet for fi...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...homes on our website. You have clearly done your LBC homework, so that makes me wonder - do you already have the land on which you can build? The LBC requirem...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...green building community, but hempcrete does not have a particularly high R value per inch and is extremely heavy. A tiny house on wheels already has a pretty h...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

...home construction That second link is a great example of how to future proof homes against some of the concerns you mention, it comes from design features we ...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 1 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

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...homes is an expensive and complicated set up that isn’t always necessary. When people are researching off-grid green living ideas including rainwater harvesti...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...home for eleven years and it was a fantasically energy efficient home. Thank you!

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...Green Homes For now, assuming a reasonably ‘cold’ climate and also running with the assumption of air leaks , you could do a lot to reduce that with some ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...green home building in Canada and the US would not necessarily be available there is another thing, but best I can do would be tell you how we’d do it in Canada...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...home is not easy. Your question about grants and incentives is tricky to answer since they change by region. Here is what we have though – Green Home Buiding ...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

I'm putting together a design for a medium-sized, super well-insulated slab on grade home. I definitely want a hydronic in floor heat system, along with a heat...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

Can these be built in California or Washington?

Looking for info on builders on the west coast. Hi Steven, Just confirming - you're asking if our prefab kit houses are available in Washington and California?...

Posted by Steven J July 4, 2020, 10:24 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses