Compact house / Guides

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...houses are on one hand a great example of compact living, which reduces the carbon footprint of buildings, but the problem arises from the fact that the foundation of most tiny houses is not actually a foundation at all, it’s a set of wheels. Even the greenest home you can build stops being eco-friendly if it’s rolli...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...houses good for the environment?’ . Le Refuge - a tiny house prefab kit home Along with a trend towards compact living, another quickly growing trend in home construction is the rise in popularity of modern prefab kit houses . Le Refuge is a compact but perfectly formed prefab home that brings together the best of ...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

...House , Passive House contruction , Passive solar home design , home lighting design and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Renewable energy

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

...compact and maneuverable is one of it's selling points. But if it takes as little as six minutes to wash and rinse a load of clothing, it's100% off-grid and uses a fraction of the water as the next most efficient machine on the market, does it really matter? Interested parties should go look here online for ordering ...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...house bedroom with plenty of natural light Now you know more about this Tiny House with a Greenhouse, find more pages about Tiny Homes & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Backyard coach houses The laneway house movement Container houses - Are shipping container hou...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...houses on our pages over the past few years, mostly because we like the concept of compact living and the clever multi-functional design aspects that tiny houses inevitably include. But the question remains whether or not Tiny Houses are a good solution to climate change and housing. Tiny House living is a housing tr...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...house is rectangular in plan, with the longer north and south elevations facing the property lines, the east elevation facing the ocean, and the west elevation screened from the road by a detached garage. This Net Zero Energy home's design strategy began with a compact plan and a high-performance, airtight building e...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done a...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...house will have minimal heat requirements, so it will not need the same investment (often $10-20,000) in furnaces, ductwork, boilers, heat pumps etc. In a house that doesn't hemorrhage heat the way we are used to seeing, you may only need a small centralized heat source such as a single electric radiator, purchased a...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...house is strong, but so is a solid wood-framed house . There is a common association between container houses and diy green roofs , partly due to the fact that containers can withstand heavy loads. They certainly can, but this line of thinking underestimates the properties and strength of wood. You can easily frame a w...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...house you want to build based on your building plans, and the bank will give you money in portions; they will assess your project in stages to ensure you are on track before they dole out more funds. If you miscalculate and don’t have enough to get you to the next stage of funding, you may find your project comes to a ...