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Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...atural wood planks Formica Canada - Green Laminate Products Clean indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy int...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...anguage Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are able to meet Passive House certification standards in North America and attain LEED V4 Plati...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...a lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of resources are used in the process and noses irritated. In the LEED Platinum certified Edelweiss House , we used CGC Sheetrock® Brand Ultralight gypsum panels for an easier build and a lower carb...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on indoor air quality . We aren't advocating stripping every home to the studs and starting over, but as you make repairs and changes or start a new building project, there are a lot of safer and less ecologically damaging products available. All...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...arks, cuts and stains, it will quickly lose its appeal and could lead to you wanting to replace it sooner than you might have imagined while you were installing it. For the Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED v4 Platinum certified home we wanted something durable and nice to look at as a kitchen countertop, but also...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...a renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them . Although it comes from far away (mostly Portugal), its carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given that it is light-weight and can be made very thin - so a lot packs into a shipping container. Cork flooring is hypoallergenic, warm unde...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...aving to shut down a half hour early to sort debris and sweep up is the easiest way to help without getting in the way. When that happens successfully, it can mean the team gets an additional half hour of build time a day, time that adds up fast - and a clean building site, where there are plenty of sorting bins availa...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...ation, as you will spend a lot of time in a car. Transportation fuel makes up a much greater part of our carbon emissions than a lot of people might think, consequently home location is one one of the biggest variables in your personal carbon footprint. The average Canadian house size: Canadians on average have a...

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
Bathrooms

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...an the average 6 liters used, and usually less than the average that come with dual flush toilets in a best case scenario. The second consideration was performance, which is not something people really think a lot about when choosing a toilet but they certainly are not all created equal. Just 10 years ago, earlier ge...

Electric scooter for commuting
Commuting

The Scrooser: Electric e-bike / scooter for urban commuting

...al by more than 60K. Scrooser founder Jens Thieme described the product as "a completely new vehicle category." He added: "“We are very happy with the success of Scrooser on Kickstarter. With the fresh capital, we can now take final developments of our innovative Impulse Drive and we get a lot closer to our goal. " ...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...and natural building materials can help alleviate that . Formaldehyde and other chemicals are commonly used in the manufacturing of building products, that adds to global air pollution as well as contaminating indoor air quality as these chemicals off gas into the air in your home. Choosing natural building materials w...