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 sev...

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. 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 ...

Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...budget. Separate the different stages of a project and apply your budget to each portion independently to help predict potential pitfalls and avoid surprises. ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Construction Bernhardt Contracting Photos Ryan Hamilton Materials Wood-frame construction with ICF foundation and EPS insulation under slab , mineral...

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 tempt...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Construction costs: The construction budget, not including excavation, septic and well is $200,000. By regional standards this is low for its size, savings re...

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 h...

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...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...budget is limited, you might as well forget about this option all together. The smaller units (costing around $500 and more) will be incapable of adequately sup...

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 fo...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...construction here And watch the Video Guide to high performance wall construction and insulation here Both from the EcoHome Green Building Guides