Building a house / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space t...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...ay take some negotiating with your regional municipality and even a minor variance, but you can certainly build smaller than the national average and maybe smal...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...allest heat gain can have a measurable impact. If you still find yourself a bit chilly in a house such as this, maybe get a cat. A nice fat one can generate abo...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...A container house doesn’t automatically mean a cheap build. For reasons mentioned above (framing and insulation), and because the technical issues are rather co...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...al, plumbing, and data cabling. This wall is also insulated with Roxul batts. Finally, a standard layer of sheetrock covers the interior walls. A big advantage ...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...Building Challenge: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. As of yet, no building in Canada has been able to succeed in all categories. Wh...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...Building above grade on a slab can be a much cheaper starting place than a basement, and leads to a more comfortable and durable home. For greater details check...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Any new advance in house construction has to be scalable and not stray too far too quickly from the current norms that builders are familiar with. What are Ne...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...aguenay Flood of July 1996, which was Canada’s first billion-dollar natural disaster; and then the January 1998 ice storm that affected 5 million Canadians (17%...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...ay. When that happens successfully, it can mean the team gets an additional half hour of build time a day, time that adds up fast - and a clean building site, w...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...ata, benchmarks, and analytics, including Dodge MarketShare™, Dodge BuildShare® and Dodge SpecShare®. Construction data is available for North American and glob...