Banned / Guides

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...banned natural gas from being installed in homes, there are already major US cities that have enacted gas bans as well, or that are in the process of phasing it out. San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York are 4 examples of cities that either have already banned natural gas, or that have proposed bans coming in the...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

The production of vinyl (also known as PVC- polyvinyl chloride) accounts for approximately 40% of the chlorine gas produced in North America. Vinyl is highly polluting in production, and as a building product it is susceptible to UV exposure, causing it to break down and release particles. And in the unfortunate event...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...banned since 2008, but there is no legislation regulating imported products, nor is it mandatory that their presence be indicated on labels. Due to the saturation of imported products in the Canadian market, our own regulations are completely ineffective in addressing this issue. Are flame retardants even effective? ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...banned all gas powered heating in new homes as of 2023 - so the writing is on the wall for North America too we figure. Heating homes with electricity can be clean and affordable regardless of high electricity rates if your house is well-sealed against heat loss and if you choose an efficient heating system like a heat...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...banned in some urban cores), firewood is fairly easy to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves: Most pellet stoves require power to feed the hopper. You could rig up a small PV solar panel to run it; optionally, there are a couple ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...banned for containing carcinogens. No one could prove the foam was the cause of her cancer specifically, but even as a child I could make the link. After she died, the company sucked the foam back out of the house at its own expense. It’s a wonder, then, that I craved walls with the thickest insulation imaginable . A...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...banned in many European countries. It is extremely energy intensive in production and accounts for 40% of global chlorine gas consumption. Exposure to UV (which windows will receive their share of) causes vinyl to break down and release particles into the air. Although the amount from windows is minor, off-gassing of P...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...banned for damaging the ozone layer, and were replaced by HFCs [that] don't cause ozone damage, but are more than a thousand times worse than CO2 as greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. For help choo...