Construction budget / Guides

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...construction will add some cost. But it will almost certainly save someone a lot of money at some point whether that's you, your kids or a future occupant, and it can be a selling feature. Some features are cheaper to add than others, so if you are on a tight budget, do what you can. At the very least put some though...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...construction is highly praised by building scientists as being among the most durable. Alternative wall construction methods: There are many other methods of wall construction, what we have covered here are the more common and cost effective techniques. There are a variety of natural fibres like hemp insulation tha...

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...

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...

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 supplying more than a single faucet with hot water. To satisfy the needs of a family, a very powerful model (at least 28 kW) will be required, and will cost arou...

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 ...

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...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here, the overview . or post 2 in the off-grid homes blog here covering design and construction choices . or here see post 3 in the off grid homes blog about off grid power generation Being a newcomer to living off of t...

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

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...budget while raising a young child. The hairdryer part wasn’t a pipe dream – it’s a common way of describing the Passive House certification standard or Passivhaus , which is the building code in much of Germany where it originates. It’s also mandatory for new construction in many European cities. Yet, even though it...