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Lifestyle and environment

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...built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance homes seem to cost between 5 and 15% more. But when you factor in reduced energy costs, payback on that additional investment might be 10 or 15 years, after wh...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Built to Code" means "Built to Minimum Code" It is easy to believe that a brand new house that has met a provincial building code is ready to face climate challenges, but that is far from the truth . Building code continues to improve minimum performance requirements (albeit slowly) as it is being driven by innovatio...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...built. For other pages on eco friendly heating options see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise eff...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Buildin...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, constructing a 70 square-foot “living system” that can...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...greenhouse gas emissions than that of wood. In effect, building with wood is a measure that can help combat climate change, provided that an equal amount of new trees are planted. By capturing the carbon around them and converting it into oxygen (the process of photosynthesis), trees help to reduce greenhouse gas emi...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...built house: kWh 19,924 $/Month 184.80 Total $ 2,217.64 To see more articles about Passive House certification, design or construction see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website - EcoHome.net... Finished Passive House standard home ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...built to make sure you are not creating a condensation point at a dangerous place within the wall assembly, or preventing internal moisture from the occasional leak in the exterior skin from running away, so the wall structure can dry out. Walls need to be built to meet their specific climate needs. All too often ‘ t...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or ...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...built by Wakefield Construction . Wall assembly from the inside out: Drywall Horizontal 2x4's (on edge) as strapping, to allow for wiring chase without penetrating the air barrier 3 / 4 inch OSB sheathing (with taped joints) 2x8 studs with mineral wool batts in cavities (R28) 4 inch wax-impregnated wood f...