Bathroom design / Guides

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...Bathroom fans : If they are designed to run off a humidistat (a switch activated by relative humidity) or a timer, you can ensure they aren't running unnecess...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

...design is certainly rooted in it's function, the style elements of the Eco Bath are what put it firmly over the top. With its clean lines, thin components and t...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes whic...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you eliminate heat loss though piping and storage of water...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...design; the basics There are many different soil conditions and corresponding slab designs. This page is about how to build a thickened edge concrete slab on ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

Snowboarding pioneer and photographer Mike Basich built himself an epic Tiny off-grid cabin. Without a bedroom or bathroom per se, but equipped with a hot tub ...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...bathroom cabinets Mass-produced cabinetry items are almost always loaded with formaldehyde and other VOCs. It is possible, but not easy to find formaldehyde-f...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...design and build their own dream homes. But can you really stick it out in a tiny home? When you build one, do you envision yourself staying in it forever? De...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appli...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid heating systems

This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold pa...