Choosing materials / Guides

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills. So a big lasagna garden ‘pro’ is that it’s a great way to produce vegetables at home while eliminating the need to have your kitchen waste and some recyclable materials picked up and disposed of by municipal services. That advantage alone is enough to convince some...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...materials within a wall assembly may serve more than one function, air barriers in particular. Many materials within a wall assembly can slow air flow without trapping vapour. Option 1) Dense-packed cellulose wall: Dense-packed cellulose wall © Gergana Gatina, Ecohome This is a wall of offset 2x4s (interior t...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...materials such as porcelain, glass and mirrors. They are manufactured using non-toxic and environmentally-friendly resins that are GreenGuard certified. Another statistic we like about this is that even 94% of the water used to manufacture Eco counters is reused. The cost will range from $65 to $130 (US) per square f...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...choosing the right wood burning stove or fireplace is essential (read more here) , as is choosing the right type of wood for burning (read more here) - both pages from the EcoHome Green Building Guides section Alternatively, if consistent and dependable heat is the primary deciding factor, consider choosing a high ef...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...materials are relatively abundant; fairly resistant to fire. Cons of stucco: Concrete is highly polluting and energy intensive in its production; poor resistance to weathering; difficult to install and maintain. Cost of stucco : $3 to $12 per square foot installed. Expected lifespan of stucco: 50-75 years. Ac...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...materials, many more times over the years than you could with lithium. For the healthiest floor: just use the densifier of your choosing and no further sealers, as most sealers will contain some level of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Many densifiers have no VOCs; they will seal the floor, so additional sealers a...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...materials like high performance insulation, you can eliminate many tons of greenhouse gas emissions from your building materials as well as during the future operation of the home. Slab-on-grade construction is a somewhat uncommon method of home building that replaces the conventional foundation wall and basement or ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...materials in the first place. The EC3 tool from Skanska is a free-to-use tool that has a data base of materials that allows architects and designers to calculate the embedded energy of a building design, which means materials can be swapped in the design phase to keep the footprint as low as possible. Until now this ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...choosing non-toxic building materials and surfaces finishes . So while we quite like living walls, we question claims about their impact on indoor air quality. Simply due to the rate of air leakage in most buildings, it would be difficult for anything short of an airtight house and a virtual jungle of plants to see a...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...choosing the best weather barrier for a house . Now that your walls are super-insulated and airtight, or arguably even before, you need to find the best way to insulate an attic . It needs to be done carefully and by qualified professionals because it is essential to make sure you attic is well ventilated . If you ...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...materials means prices could spike wildly on some wall assemblies and it could potentially be difficult getting materials delivered to a building site. If you sign a contract for a prefab kit house that will lock in prices, you may avoid some surprise price increases since currently the price of lumber is already 150% ...