Buying a green home / Guides

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...As soon as the very experienced and award winning team at Montreal based Ecohabitation began talking to the team at Architects Studio MMA and the manufacturers Bâtiment Pré-Fab, they had one goal - to establish a range of exceptionally sustainable green homes with healthy and high-performance materials and to standardi...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...al air quality and an inefficient furnace Are air filters for furnaces washable? Some filters are washable such as those with lower MERV ratings (or no rating at all), so in general we would have to recommend against washing furnace and home air filters. The higher-rated air filters are paper-based, as that is th...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...andard new home construction in North America seems to return an average air leakage rate of about 3 air changes per hour. Some building rating systems set ACH targets that must be achieved. The Passive House air leakage rate has to be 0.6ACH or lower , which is several times more airtight than the average home and tha...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...A 2013 Ecohome feasibility study and implementation plan for green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of 3.94% for a down payment of $70,000 and a 25 year amortization. A lower interest rate or higher ene...

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

...Alaska, that above-average trend has extended for 105 days and counting. Fact: As the nation’s fastest-warming state, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment Alaska is experiencing many of the effects of a heating planet. The state’s temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate, with spring te...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...average about 4.4 pounds of trash per person each day. Wasted food makes up a large percentage of all that garbage. Globally, we throw out around 1.8 billion tons a year. Growing crops and raising livestock requires enormous amounts of land and water, which are often polluted by fertilizers or animal waste. Additiona...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...ar materials to make the best environmental choice. This visualization capability also reduces the amount of wasted time, labor, and materials on a project. 4. Spray foam and XPS foam with lower emission blowing agents Styrofoam board insulation and spray foam insulation have always had a bad rap in the green home ...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...an repackage as ‘sustainable building guidance’, and that’s where people get talked into silly things like using plants as air filters or buying magic insulating paint . That won’t happen here. As a global community, all we can do to protect ourselves from runaway climate change is to weigh all the variables and make...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A house with an EnerGuide rating is like a car with a safety check. It is an independent third party report on the quality of what you are buying, and an indicatio...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...home. Fast-charging public charging stations are often found at rest stops along major highways and interstates, allowing EVs to make longer distance trips. The fastest EV charging stations are provided by Tesla (Tesla Superchargers), and as you would expect they don’t accommodate other makes. Tesla showed a lot of m...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...ake a mathemagenius to know that choosing one product over another means cutting the environmental impact from shipping and packaging by at least 75%, which is a significant achievement by any standard. In addition, the package it comes in can be recycled or composted with other cardboard in a lasagna garden . That mea...