Costs / Guides

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...costs more to build, but that's only half the equation. It also costs less to run, and added building costs can be instantly offset by savings in heating bills. So there is actually more money in your jeans at the end of every month, starting immediately, and tons waiting for you at the end of your mortgage. Our engi...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

Siding is important! There is no stage of home construction that you should rush through, but if there were, it shouldn't be siding . Whatever type of siding product you choose, purchase and installation is not cheap, so you don't want to do it again anytime soon. Your siding needs to protect your home from the we...

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

Changing homes in a changing climate

We often think of the land underneath our feet as fixed and unmoving. On a calm day, if you sit next to the ocean, it seems quite stationary. It does change though - with the shifting of tectonic plates, erosion, wind, super tides and flooding. These changes are most noticed when we have a large event like a rain, w...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

Housing is an enormous source of carbon emissions, so it is also a place where we have tremendous room for improvement. This building guide will walk you through the steps than can help you minimize your personal emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sa...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

The first step to building a durable and energy-efficient home in North America, including Passive house to PHIUS standards , LEED or Net Zero Homes is knowing your climate zone. Just as we need to wear different outfits in different climates, homes need to be properly designed to meet the temperatures, humidity level...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...costs are 50% lower than an R2000 home Results like we are seeing here go a long way to dispelling the myth that building green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yukon. © Forest Pearson ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...costs: The construction budget, not including excavation, septic and well is $200,000. By regional standards this is low for its size, savings realized by simplifying design features help keep costs to a minimum. A simple 2/12 single-pitch roof is low-hanging fruit as far as keeping material and labour costs down...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...costs based solely on the needs of our customers, even at the very beginning stages of conception. © Belvedair JP - What advice would you give readers on how to stay on budget during a construction or renovation project? PR - Obviously it is important to be rigorous in monitoring cos...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy
Micro-hydroelectric

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...costs the city has seen in its delivery of water to residents.This pilot project is slated for completion in June of 2013, and will generate enough power to run 150 homes. In the past decade water utility costs have gone up 83% in Portland, and an increase of close to 50% is expected over the next 5 years. Revenues s...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...costs. More and more people are inquiring about utility costs when renting, so making these upgrades increases the value of the property and makes it easier to rent when you leave. These are affordable solutions that will help to reduce your bills and the ecological footprint of your home. Renovation tax credits an...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...costs though, these homes will likely leave the competition far behind. “We are aiming for at least Gold, and if all goes well maybe Platinum.” says Matthew Smith. “We will have a better idea after consultations with our providers at Ecohabitation.” The first home to be raised will be in partnership with Maison Orf...