Choosing materials / Guides

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...choosing the best firewood for the highest heat output , or see our guide on choosing the best wood-buring stoves or fireplace inserts here , both from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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 ...

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...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...materials is a wise choice. A better-built home lasts longer, is healthier for occupants, cheaper to operate and studies show it will have a higher resale value. As a starting place, see articles in our building guide such as choosing the right insulation , and how to find building materials that don't off-gas into h...

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?

...materials, and can last anywhere from three to six months depending on the components, the brand, the frequency of use, and the types of particles the filter needs to capture, and how susceptible those in the home are to pollen, dust, mites, mold, pathogens and viruses. While we can follow the instructions included w...

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?

...materials to supply the demand of the global construction industry as we 'Thelma and Louise' our way towards a climate catastrophe, we need to explore options realistically. That means entertaining ideas that until now we may have considered blasphemous. So here’s my pitch - the amount of petroleum-based raw material...

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...

$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 ...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...materials. Being sealed on all sides by wood and plaster further protects panels from weather during construction, and the quick installation of finished panels means you can get a roof over them quickly. When I spoke with Chris Magwood about the public perception regarding moisture issues, he had this to say: " We t...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...choosing exterior siding . Type and condition of roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see how close they are to needing replacement. Metal roofs are far more durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to ...