Comfortable homes / Guides

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...comfortable to be near. Being warmer also means there is less risk of condensation and moisture damage to window frames and wall assemblies. Air leakage causes uncomfortable drafts , but it also allows moisture to pass through walls and condense on cold surfaces inside the walls. Airtight homes are more thermally com...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy for heating and cooling, and in some respects, how durable it will be. The transfer of heat (or heat loss) occurs in 3 ways: conduction , convection and radiation . W...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...comfortable saying that in our experience as long time Eco Home builders , having been involved in the construction of countless high-performance site-built homes as well as LEED and Passive House-ready Prefab Kit homes , prefab houses can be more affordable and more energy efficient than site-built homes for a number ...

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

How well does a heat pump work in a LEED or Passive House certified home? Really well as it happens, see a great example of a split system heatpump installation in the Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Home below: The Edelweiss House has a radiant floor to keep our feet comfortable but we rely on a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim du...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

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

...homes have gone up in price - by the simple mechanics of supply and demand. This is easily explained by the fact that when faced with the choice, almost all of us would prefer a modern, comfortable, healthier and efficient home. Go figure. Green eco homes have higher resale values A Green Homes study back in 2017 b...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...homes built to meet code, and ones that perform several times better, and better is often cheaper. A bit cheaper in the short term, much cheaper in the long run. Source: A 2013 Ecohome feasibility study and implementation plan for green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseb...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...homes can help slow or reverse that process, we can at least do our best to do better, to build better homes by knowing which options make better structures without adding extra cost and in the process build-in resilience to extreme weather conditions because it's our home and family who are most impacted when climate ...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floo...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...homes until recently. The first problem the architects encountered was a high water table on the building site, so to meet both budgetary and durability targets, the house floats 200mm above ground on screw piles (support posts). A combination steel and wood frame allowed for a seamless R40 floor, and eliminates the ...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...homes Our reliance on grid-fed power to cool our homes in summer as global temperatures rise, and our acceptance of the high cost of cooling our homes, point to a missed opportunity to keep the heat out in the first place. This design flaw is visible to the naked eye, as we so often see homes with tall south facing...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Homes - introducing the Abri range These ultra high performance prefabricated homes have a size to suit every family and budget . With a contemporary style and extremely high quality of construction, these bright and well designed homes are an affordable and high quality choice when thinking of building a new place t...