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How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...home has about 1,800 sq. ft. of walls which are insulated to R50. If that house was fitted with just one 3 foot by 3 foot window with an R-value of only 1, the overall R-value of all of the walls combined would drop to R40, even though the poor-performing window occupies only 0.5% of the total wall area. If the house...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here .

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...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...home upgrades for health and efficiency. It isn’t necessary to embark on an expensive remodeling project, you can gradually and affordably reduce the energy needed to run your home. Improving the seal of windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switche...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...About the author: Emmanuel Cosgrove built the first LEED Platinum home in Canada, he is a co-founder of Ecohome, a LEED for Homes Provider, LEED Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system. Now you know more about hom...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...homes; it just takes a bit of research and buying from suppliers that are aware of these issues. Now you know about maintaining healthy indoor air quality, learn more about sustainable construction for healthy and durable homes in the Ecohome Building Guide pages Find more pages about sustainable and resili...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...alls. Stripping exterior walls to the sheathing is a great starting place for a R.E.M.O.T.E wall , a residential exterior membrane outside-insulation technique. A wall being stripped back to the original structure that will be rebuilt as a REMOTE wall © Michel Chenier Whether new or old, REMOTE walls are a grea...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...all that about $1,200 for arguments sake. Now add installation and finishing costs - we'll conservatively call that $400 to install, insulate, and replace trim inside and out. Now look at your heating bill and figure if it is even possible to recoup the replacement cost of a window through added energy savings from t...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...allets for furniture and inside homes Which is better, OSB or plywood - for roofs, walls and floors? The best lumber choices for wood frame construction of homes How to sustainably dispose of construction waste Where to find FSC certified products locally Find more about green home constru...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...home about a decade ago, the mission from the start was to create a green building website where homeowners and builders could learn to make informed choices and build sustainable and energy-efficient homes. A place where a dialogue about the true impacts of building products and practices could be had, where the pros ...