Building with wood / Guides

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 or renovating a high performance home to a better standard for the dollars spent see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides - North America's best green building resource ... To watch 'how to' videos about insulating a Living Green Roof see here

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...with any porous material, we recommend a food-safe sealer. Butcher Block $2500-$6000 One of the easier DIY materials choices: wood is a renewable resource, and with a non-toxic finish this can be one of the healthiest and ecologically sensible choices. It's best to use a hardwood like maple for example, thoug...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...with new and better performing windows to save money. Usually to the surprise and relief of homeowners we most often tell them to stick with the ones they've got. Not to say that the idea of replacing windows is always 'green washing', but it's not necessarily going to save energy and money once you run all the numbers...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...with being harmful to the environment in production and use, chemicals like chlorine bleach evaporate into the air in your home. Why not try the following non-toxic alternatives. Baking soda is an effective cleanser for sinks and tubs. Vinegar is a recommended cleansing agent for both wood and ceramic tile floors...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...building . The problem with air penetration in buildings goes beyond heated air escaping from a nice cozy house, or indeed hot air getting in - it's the potential for causing interstitial condensation within walls that causes hidden problems of wood rot and building decay in the exterior structure. Caulking on the outs...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...without knowing that variable, there was no way to accurately assess the total ecological impact of a building. Using this tool builds on the adoption of BIM or building information modeling, which is another associated construction industry trend that will carry over into 2020. BIM is a way of representing buildings...

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?

...with walls of differing temperature as we don’t have regular or sustained contact with them. See our pages on thermal comfort in homes for a better understanding. Rebuilding old walls: The most essential component of a wall system is having an intact air & vapor barrier . Without one, you sacrifice durability, ener...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...building techniques here : Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...Building Guide and in the pages below: Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Tesla offers financing for its Solar Roof Shingles Find out about the benefit...

Real estate

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

...with some of the above, but it will also let you know how long you will spend on the Heel-Toe Express with a bag of groceries in each arm. Identify your most frequented types of service to make sure they are within a suitable range. Evaluating a home before purchase : Unless you are experienced in construction (and...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...with HFO blowing agents . Ecohome’s engineer Denis Boyer performed some moisture simulation models with unventilated roofs, and he confirmed that the risk of interstitial condensation (moisture in the air forming water droplets when coming into contact with a hard, cold surface) can be a problem. According to Denis, ...