Cost / Guides

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

...cost as a site-built house. And Le Refuge was designed and optimized to arrive on a flatbed truck fully-finished and almost ready to move in - oozing practicality and high-end finishes and specification without all the hassle of DIY or penny-pinching. Le Refuge is is certainly compact, but it doesn't feel it, with it...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...cost) of fixed panels is quite attractive. I would go so far as to say that if one is going to have stationary panels in the northern US or Canada on an off-grid home, that orienting them more for winter power generation is the best path to follow. Off Grid solar array includes steeply angled pa...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...cost. The Canadian Insurance Industry is also working to improve the National Building Code to make homes more resilient. The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR is an arm of the insurance industry) has suggested sanitary sewer check valves be added to each new home (costing about $100) as they would prev...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...costs, and more than a third also pointing to higher building values (38 percent), quality assurance (38 percent), future-proofing assets (i.e., protecting against future demands, 36 percent). Not only do they see it as a benefit, global industry professionals have high expectations of the operating cost benefits of gr...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...cost by square foot for installation? As a rough ballpark figure, our company has options ranging from $35 to $200 per square foot. The pricing will be affected by automatic vs manual irrigation, aesthetic framing, and surface area of the wall as well as other site or custom project specific details. *** Ecohome'...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...cost you $75 to $100 to buy a moisture meter, but avoiding even one miserable cold winter with wet wood makes it a worthwhile investment. Operation is simply a case of jamming the prongs into the wood and reading the numbers. Whether you are cutting your own wood or buying it, trees should ideally be cut in the winte...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...cost: About $3,000 to date. The cost was kept to a minimum through the use of many recycled, salvaged and traded building materials , though Pierre expects that total to go up with the additions he has planned for the future. Level of satisfaction: Very satisfied. "There will always be surprises and short...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...cost. However, it is seldom used in Canada despite its reasonable cost and efficiency. It has been unfairly criticized for its 'settling' issues, mold issues and its flammability. CFI has fallen victim to the claims of safer, easier and 'better' options such as fiberglass or mineral wool batt insulation . These weakn...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...cost-effectiveness study: A good return on investment is the biggest driver in building design, and the City of Vancouver knows it. To show builders the financial benefits of building to Passive House levels, the city has published a complete study that precisely quantifies the extra costs and benefits that come from...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even more affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power production come from increasing the effic...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...cost less to install than what you would spend for other full house high-efficiency heating systems. See other videos such as DIY radiant floor tube installation and episode 1 of our green home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive s...