Cost / Guides

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...cost to paint a brick house? The average cost to repaint a brick house will likely run in the area of $5 USD per square foot to do proper job, so for a ball park price for a 2,500 square foot home you could expect to pay in the area of $10,000. This will of course depend on the extent of preparation work required. ...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs

All about LED bulbs - video

...cost make them a smart choice all around. Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive House contruction , Passive solar home design , home lighting design and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...cost effective, gray water recycling is unfortunately not one of them. Water as a resource is undervalued, and very much underpriced in terms of what our utility companies charge us. So residential gray water recycling systems are not something that will offere a noticable return on investment through savings on utli...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...cost, divide the total cost of maintaining and installing it by the amount of electricity it will produce over its entire lifetime. Your contractor should offer a total cost estimate, a forecast for how much energy the system will produce, and a good warranty. Along with your current utility rates, this should be enoug...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...cost to meet BC Step Code Requirements? Keep in mind, that as a builder it should cost you nothing extra since these are the costs that will fall on the homeowner. Aspiring young homeowners shouldn’t lose sleep over this either though, additional costs for better performing buildings should effectively be offset by l...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...Cost of living In terms of total operational cost, it would seem the original forecasts were a little too optimistic. However, even at about $1,000 a year in operational cost (more than triple the estimate), it still represents a 2/3rd reduction compared to a conventional house of the same size. Off-grid living in ...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...cost $1.90 per square foot and 3.5" batts for 2x4 stud bays cost $1.35 per square foot. "Our prices per square foot fall right between the cost of mineral wool and polystyrene panels," said the director of Nature Fibers. On product availability -: "We are currently in discussion with BMR subsidiaries about hosting ou...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple prof...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...cost, but increased performance: According to Honeywell's global sales manager for fluorinated products, Sanjeev Rastogi, the compound will increase the cost of an XPS panel by approximately 10 to 15%, but it also increases its energy performance from 10 to 15% at the same time. At a thickness of two inches, the HF...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...cost of energy continuing to rise and a global push towards energy conservation and renewable energy solutions, we need to look into alternative ways of generating power. There’s an ever-growing concern towards the cost associated with electricity and more significantly - climate change. The use of pedal power and th...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...cost of living. Adding our pre-engineered green packages for solar energy, rainwater collection and grey water treatment can take NOMADs right off the grid." The folks at NOMAD Micro Home want to make high-performance, low impact housing affordable to the masses. Their indiegogo crowdfunding campaign helped them do e...