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

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in? To render a container house energy efficient in a cold climate, you'd need to insulate it outside, and possibly inside as well. You would need to ensure on all sides, including the bottom, that the metal does not act as a thermal bridge , robbing you of your hard earned heat. In order to attain a modi...

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...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...budget when building a Green home Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide ...

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 ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn mo...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass 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...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...budget to purchase a decent solar system with a Heat Pump Pool Heater backup, the combination of the two systems will be the best, most economical system available. 6) Choose the best t ime of Day for Heating to Run: Setting the timer to run HPPH around noon helps to lower energy costs . On systems with a Heat Pump...

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 ...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements, which is to have a backup plan so you don't end up with your pants around your ankles. Water follows the path of least resistance, and in the never-ending battle between it and basements, remember - water is never wrong about the easiest way to get from one place to another, but we often are. How to pre...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...budget, we’ve had good experience with the ThermoPro TP50 digital hygrometer – cheap as borscht, pretty accurate, and does the job for around $10. Monitor humidity levels in the home over a week and at different times of the day and we’re willing to bet that they get above 60% relative humidity. If so, then there are...