Building with wood / Guides

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...wood for kitchen furniture - which is also available as formaldehyde-free and pre-finished UV cured VOC free plywood which really brings out all the beauty of wood without filling the air in our homes with noxious chemicals. Carbon monoxide (CO) Carbon monoxide is often called the silent killer, as it is a colourle...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...building two stud frame walls back to back , with a continuous layer of insulation in between. But with a timber frame there’s virtually no limit to the thickness of a wall one can hang on the structure. Plus, building one thick wall is cheaper than building two thinner ones, which offsets the cost of the timbers. So t...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...with the interior slab floor being poured later once the footing has set. Insulation underneath the footing is often omitted with this technique, which leads to thermal bridging and heat loss. This technique also requires a second trip with a concrete pump truck, which depending on your region can run anywhere from $70...

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...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...with modern slimline LED fittings - carefully sealed against air leakage and saving energy too. Another solution that isn't very complicated (or much fun for that matter) is dealing with these leaks from above. That would be you on your hands and knees in a dark attic crawling between trusses with a headlamp on, and ...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...within reach, they can also act as an exhaust vent in summer for releasing stale warm air. The benefits of skylights are real, but that about does it for them. I very much enjoy sitting by a skylight in someone else's home but I don't want one in mine. The problem with a skylight is that it presents an entirely new...

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 to replace old windows and when to repair them , How to choose the best windows and everything else you need to know about planning a renovation or new buildin...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...without paying through the nose. Watch for this sort of thing to take hold moving into the future as battery technology improves and prices come down. If equipping commercial and residential buildings with power storage starts to become mainstream it would address a serious shortcoming of renewable power, which is th...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...with existing greenhouse plans and adapted them to meet his specific needs & the needs of a cold climate. Greenhouse Construction: The building is wood-framed, 20’ x 40’ and 16 feet high inside. The north wall is buried about 6 feet deep and made with 310 old tires that are filled with sand. The three other sides a...

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!"

...buildings here such as : HRV or ERV Heat Exchanger ventilation, and how to choose All About balanced ventilation with Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) or Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems Air Barriers & How to Install for Air Tight Homes And to see more guide page in the EcoHome Green Bui...

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