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Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Climate Change accelerates. If in any doubt, discover why we need Future-Proof Resilient homes building for a changing Climate here . Even without adding significant cost to a build, a home can be built with far greater durability and be better-abled to resist the extreme weather occurrences that are increasing in fr...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...change that bulb again. For what it’s worth, they are your best bet if you can afford it. This isn’t to suggest you run out and change all your bulbs, just keep it in mind when you do need to replace one and keep checking the prices. Lighting design features to consider Be aware of the blinding effect of dire...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...climate change. The use of pedal power and the production of energy through Windstream has been introduced to homes in Alaska to power home appliances. Things like that are essential for those living ‘off the grid’ and it is a great way for the rest of us to do our bit towards preventing climate change. This sustaina...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...change, and they will expand or contract in the process. Hemp natural insulation batts help balance humidity in homes, and they are non-toxic and hypoallergenic And to have more fun with anologies…a box of crackers can be left unsealed on the counter in a desert climate like California, but in a humid climate l...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...climate change and deforestation. In some parts of the U.S. irrigation has caused such a drop in water levels that some hydroelectric dams have ceased to be productive, increasing production of non-renewable power sources. For the serious carnivores out there that can't bear the thought of a tofu burger, look into ...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...climate geek and climate change is a pretty constant topic for discussion. The conference draws people from all sectors including insurance, government, big business and non-profits because natural disasters, and especially weather disasters, impact on all of us. We can all manage risk better, yes? Except we don't mana...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here...

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

...climate needs. All too often ‘ the best wall assemblies ’ migrate from their own climate to one where they do not belong, like putting interior vapor barriers on homes with aircon in hot humid regions , which simply should not be done if you want your house to last. Durable, healthy and sustainable homes need careful r...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...climate change have to be fully explored. Considering that: Buildings are the #1 source of climate pollution— with 39% of global emissions. Their construction and ongoing maintenance generate the largest share of the waste going into landfills. With city populations doubling by 2050, our world cannot sustain th...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

Along with its unprecedented achievements, the Kenogami House continues to act as a laboratory for resilient, cold climate building practices. Through software energy modeling it was determined that the Kenogami House would likely require 14.6 kWh of heat per square metre per year, but its actual performance seems to ...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...climate change by promoting responsible forest management and the recycling of wood and paper. Forests have a key role in regulating the earth’s climate and removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. When making the choice to buy FSC certified wood products, it guarantees that all the trees harvested are repl...