Construction budget / Guides

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...construction while keeping to a reasonable budget. During this time, I met Benoit Lavigueur, who founded BL Ecoconstruction in 2007. Together we worked on several projects, and eventually decided to combine Synairgis and BL Ecoconstruction to create a company that could offer architecture and construction services, a...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor air quality Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages...

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!)

...budget - not everyone can manage to build affordable net zero energy 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...

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

...budget when building a home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to le...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...budgeting for extensive solar pv panels to charge up the Tesla, make sure you've accurately budgeted for a building lot that's within easy reach of transit or urban centres that have everything you need for everyday life. 3. Fix a realistic green home building budget Your available budget is obviously a main fact...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...construction is quality mechanical systems. Purchase and install usually come towards the end of construction, and if you're over budget there is a strong temptation to look towards downgrades when you really shouldn't. Your heating and cooling equipment is your comfort delivery system, this is not the place to try and...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...budget Passive House certification & design in North America Find more about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages Tesla Model 3 and Tuscan Solar Roof shingles © Tesla Solar Roof © Tesla

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

...budget, is good enough. We think that opinion has had it's day. Whether or not we agree on the causes of climate change, and whether building more efficient 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 with...

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...construction in 2020 , Dodge Data & Analytics just released the findings of a landmark study on prefab and modular construction . The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report (download below) was published with the support of Bradley Corp., the Modular Building Institute, Pinnacle Infotech, MCAA ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...construction that are more resistant to pressure and warping due to temperature changes, which ultimately determines the life expectancy of your windows. Wood Windows: Pros : Wood is a natural, renewable resource and has comparatively good insulation value; it can be finished naturally or with any paint colour; w...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...budget sufficient rolls of vapor open, exterior air sealing fleece-backed tape with full-surface adhesive into the equation. See the Top Tips and video below for specific details, and consider subscribing to EcoHome as a free member as we often have member-only offers on Eco-Friendly EIFS products. How to Install Win...