Building science / Guides

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...buildings' systems. There is also an on-site weather station measuring outdoor meteorological conditions, providing site-specific climate data. Much research ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...building materials and can cause health problems - that's why we don't want mold in our basements! Specifically we can prevent damage to buildings and buildin...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...building materials with thermal mass benefits is concrete. In contrast to paraffin, 1 kg of concrete (Cp = 0.88 kJ/kg·K) would need 15.8 kJ to do the same. For ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic , When...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...buildings like LEED certified, Passive House, ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a hi...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...building guide pages of Ecohome, North America's online source for Green building guidance. Information for this article was compiled from the following sourc...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...buildings and building energy simulations. Jason completed his master's degree at Concordia University in building engineering, where his thesis centered around...

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

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

...building performance - Net Zero Energy - which refers to the ability of a building to produce as much energy as it consumes. Not satisfied with that, they set...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...building materials to do for you when they are part of a wall assembly. If you have a working knowledge of building science then forge ahead, if not, check out ...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...buildings. Because commercial buildings generally draw more power during the day and residential use tends to increase in the evening, this results in systems t...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...building envelope, air-tightness, and then design a system to meet those needs. Radiant heating: There is seemingly endless debate in green-building circles...

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