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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...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...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 to live. Everything is planned in advance, leaving nothing to chance and ensuring a quick and smooth assembly to a high qual...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...budget. The premise of the Edelweiss House was to focus primarily on extreme performance, durability, healthy air quality and above all - affordability. Performance homes don't have to blow the budget and affordable houses don't have to be energy hogs. The energy savings in the Edelweiss house are so extreme that it ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...construction which is a thing of its own, or sheep wool insulation as another example, which can apparently make your house smell like an old barn in the Sottish Highlands during prolonged rainy weather. That....would be noticeable. There are some like celllulose and wood fiber panels that have been around for awhile...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we want both of those things right away, rather than waiting a lifetime to see the 'payback' for noble design choices we might have made to save polar bears, bees, ...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...budget conscious bikes online can be found here. Unless that is you upgrade to an e-bike… which gives some exercise while taking the strain out of it! Are Ebikes legal? Electric bike sales have exploded in recent years and prices online are really quite reasonable. There are 3 classes of E bike; class 2 and 3 bik...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...budget, practicalities, or even your own changing understanding. The following was our starting wish list: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths Nice screen porch facing the river Upside-down design, with living spaces on the upper level, and the bedrooms on the lower level Passive solar orientation with plenty of big windows ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...budget options and special offers for manual humidity meters here (we've tried and like the ThermoPro TP 50) Or if you have a Smart home or are heading that way, See here to compare humidity meters online including smart trackers and alarms and find special offers and reviews Where the moisture is, and where it wan...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...construction Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

E-bikes and electric scooters- green transportation
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Why you should get an E-bike now

...budget Folding Ebikes can add a bit of convenience both for home and storage if you use it for commuting to work. You'll also have a way better time getting them into the trunk of your car. The Aostirmotor Folding Electric Bike 20 inch Fat Tire Electric Bicycle with 500W Motor and 36V 13AH Removable Lithium Batte...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Netwo...