Built green / Guides

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...built in the USA & Canada as part of the Green building trends for 2020 . Now you know more about the Tesla Solar Roof, Cost, Competitors & What our reviewers think, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed sol...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery options - which is best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to generate Power at Home? Future-Proof Bu...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhouse for growing ornamental plants or perhaps food, that presents even greater concerns. A greenhouse full of plants will have high levels of relative humidity, an...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...built in Canada right now that does not have it, or something equally impermeable to moisture. This doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, they just aren't being applied. In the US any material that has a perm rating of 1 or less is considered to be an adequate vapor retarder for residential construc...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...built on site, and likely take one to several weeks to complete. Planning for a masonry heater should be in the design phase if possible, as that weight requires tremendous support. For new home construction, a footing is often poured for the stove at the same time as for foundations. Fires in a masonry heater can bu...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Green Building Guides A green building video series on our website And the EcoHome Green Building YouTube channel . More about LEED V4 certification More about Passive House design More about Passive Solar Design If you would like to try a LEED Platinum V4 home before deciding to build one, and you'd like...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...built to meet code, and ones that perform several times better, and better is often cheaper. A bit cheaper in the short term, much cheaper in the long run. Source: A 2013 Ecohome feasibility study and implementation plan for green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseboards ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...green homes grows, the demand for green building products increases, which naturally drives the price down. As a parting thought - another possible downside to be aware of, are 'eco-friendly' building materials that are maybe just a little too 'out there'. Some green building pioneers may perhaps go a little too far ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...built on a crawlspace or basement this can often be the cause of humidity in the home – even when the home is newer many areas building Code’s lock humidity in finished basement walls for years, causing damp and mold issues. Many basements were built with inadequate insulation, see here to find out how to improve it if...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...Green Home Rating systems in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages .

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...built in 1963 with the world's largest glued laminated arches, which span 308 feet, 3 1/2 inches. The roof of the Richmond Olympic Oval, BC Canada , built for speed skating events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, features one of the world's largest clearspan wooden structures. The roof includes 2,400 cu...