Building lot / Guides

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...lot where systems at neighbouring homes make it impossible to locate both septic and well on a lot. This recommendation is intended to help you scratch potential lots off a list, not to confirm them as feasible. Unless you're a pro, don't rely on your own conclusions to declare a lot buildable. Some building lots m...

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?

...building an existing home will reduce the need for new materials as well as the amount of waste that will be sent to a landfill. From a material conservation and sustainability point of view, that would always be our recommended course of action if the costs aren’t too prohibitive, as upgrading existing buildings alway...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...building lots & owner preferences: Prefab LEED & Passive House Kit Homes for Sale Northeast USA, Quebec & Ontario - Get More Info Here Insulated Slab-on-grade Prefab kit In it's final destination in the cold climate of Wakefield Quebec, the finished Eco-Habitat S1600 modern green kit house sits on a slab on g...

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?

...building lots & owner preferences: Prefab LEED & Passive House Kit Homes for Sale Northeast USA, Quebec & Ontario - Get More Info Here Insulated Slab-on-grade Prefab kit In it's final destination in the cold climate of Wakefield Quebec, the finished Eco-Habitat S1600 kit house sits on a slab on grade form kit...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of resources are used in the process and noses irritated. In the LEED Platinum certified Edelweiss House , we used CGC Sheetrock® Brand Ultralight gypsum panels for an easier build and a lower carbon...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...building lot permits, EcoHome would always choose a well insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation over a Basement when building a home. It's also important to understand how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation . WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation var...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

...building and moving on to building lot particulars. Two neighbouring homes will face many similar issues, but may have greatly differing ones as well. This can be due to building design, sun exposure, soil conditions, material choices or even topography to name a few. Assessing and planning for durability issues he...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is a growing amount of used building materials that can be found at online classified websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji...

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

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...building rating systems in Canada, and LEED platinum is the highest award. The living Building standard exceeds that. There are 7 components to the Living 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. When ...

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

...building lot for a green home Finding the right building lot when building a new sustainable home is such a key element and yet often overlooked until it turns out to be an unattainable dream! We agonized over whether this should be our number 1 Top Tip on building a sustainable home - because without the right build...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...buildings, requiring all rezoned building projects to receive LEED Gold certification or better. "We value our relationship with the building industry. They have delivered on meeting our aggressive standards, provided valuable feedback and have been very supportive of the direction we are going in" says David Ramslie...