Choosing windows / Guides

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...windows, plumbing and electrical penetrations. This is an easy way to plug holes in your air barrier that you can’t possibly see - from as small as a human hair to as big as a half-inch wide. The airflow in the home is monitored in real time by the blower door computer. Depending on the building size, the number of l...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...Choosing natural building materials without chemicals and VOCs will lead to safer indoor air quality and reduced health risks for homeowners - although we would always suggest ventilating modern airtight homes by choosing a HRV or ERV system . More cool things about grass insulation 70% less water is required for...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...windows and when to repair them You may be recommended to replace your windows for example , which can eat up that 40K pretty quickly, so first read here about when to replace old windows when renovating , and when then can just be repaired. A large percentage of heat loss from a home is due to air leakage , so par...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Choosing the Best Insulation , Choosing Between a Slab on Grade or Foundation and Basement , or to find Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale , visit the Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome, North America’s Trusted Green Building Website.

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

Heating with electricity

...windows, as that is where you will have your greatest heat loss. It is also important that they be installed an inch above floor levels to allow for air intake through the bottom. Electric convection heaters: A convection heater is similar to a baseboard heater, but with a fan attached. So again, there is no diff...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...windows, or have to burn it at lower temperatures, creating creosote and more emissions. For a guide on choosing the best woodburning stoves and fireplaces, see here. Other wood burning heating tips: Ensure your stove and chimney are properly installed by a professional. Install a dedicated cold air intake for ...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and opening the windows will create drag and reduce efficiency. © Flo Chargers Choosing an EV in tune with your Lifestyle: If you do a lot of long-range road trips it may not be your time to switc...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...choosing a glazing material with a high light-transmittance , like clear glass, on vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the winter (shown below). Find out more about which glazing is right for your greenhouse in this blog . ...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...choosing high-performance windows that would ideally be triple-paned. Additionally, including darker colored materials with significant thermal mass in the direct path of the sun can help optimize heat gain and keep interior temperatures balanced. The ideal design would absorb as much solar radiation as possible in t...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...choosing formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets is recommended .) To remove the excess humidity generated by normal human activity in order to ensure building durability and efficiency in heating, and to help prevent mold & mildew in homes. Health Canada recommendations for optimum indoor air quality © H...

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

...Choosing a house wrap, which is best? How to choose between OSB and Plywood sheathing for Walls The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers How to install siding so walls can dry How to install windows properly in high-performance walls Find more about green home construction in...