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Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... *** Hannah West writes professionally for Home Improvement Leed with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to tak...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...ally. Small adjustments like those listed here could have a noticeable impact on global resources if they to be widely adopted. Do your part; spread the word! Now you know all about how food choices can affect climate change , learn how to grow your own food in the Ecohome green home guide pages - how to build a gr...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...All new home construction projects in the city must now go through an EnerGuide audit, and homes built to city building bylaws would be expected to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 80 or better. Blower door test © Ecohome Part of that audit is a blower door test which involves sealing your home, and with a fan in...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto What are the laws in Washington State for Tiny Homes? Are shipping container Tiny homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more abou...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor air quality Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...about the Tesla Solar Panel special offer , find out more about solar photovoltaic panels here , or if you're looking to build soon, look for inspiration for building a near zero energy home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Buil...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...all a good one at home. To be clear, it’s a bit misleading to say we’re providing guidance about how to choose EV chargers because we’re really talking about is choosing and buying the best EVSE - which is essential for safely connecting an electric car to a 240-volt source of electricity. And to be crystal clear -...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...ally bring change to the industry is when there is greater consideration of operational costs by home shoppers, and owner-builders raising the bar by putting better homes out in the public eye so more people can see the windfall that awaits us all.

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...homes; all affordable The efficient design and construction of the Abri range of contemporary prefabricated eco homes allows families to afford an exceptional home at an affordable price . The 3 different models are based around the number of beds needed: The Abri 1850-BV prefab eco home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...about energy-efficient home upgrades , and Green building certification programs such as Net Zero labelled homes , LEED for Homes and Passive House that may help you qualify for incentives, or the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification , all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...allow you to direct the process. Mechanical systems: Sadly, a typical sacrifice in home construction is quality mechanical systems. Purchase and install usually come towards the end of construction, and if you're over budget there is a strong temptation to look towards downgrades when you really shouldn't. Your hea...