Durable construction / Guides

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...durable and sturdy windows, we are referring to products and construction that are more resistant to pressure and warping due to temperature changes, which ultimately determines the life expectancy of your windows. Wood Windows: Pros : Wood is a natural, renewable resource and has comparatively good insulation va...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...construction is more affordable, healthier and more durable than basement construction as you have no porous concrete walls to absorb moisture and no rising water-table issues to contend with. Durable basement construction: Water tables can rise from normal spring melting, extreme rain events, or a lack of proper r...

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

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

...construction team get the necessary training to know how to achieve the detail differences that make all the difference. Homes will need to meet more stringent air leakage targets, but that just means being a little more vigilant with the way air barriers are installed and the way breaches in the building envelope ar...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete into it. So, there are more materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The drawbacks of building ...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...durable home construction and renovations in these pages: Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it? House Air Tightness - Why Balancing Air Pressure is Essential Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter What is the best Insulation for a Home? Why Roofs Need to be Ventilated and How to Ventil...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...construction in most of Canada. But in order to act in that role, it needs to be on the inside. Sheathing provides a necessary structural strength to house frames, but it is written nowhere except in our minds that it has to be on the outside. When installed on the inside it still provides the structural strength, bu...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...construction for healthy and durable homes in the Ecohome Building Guide pages Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Maintaining healthy indoor air quality in homes How to service HRV & ERV units at home for optimum efficiency Where to buy and choose safe z...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...construction, is the moisture that can infiltrate through wall assemblies after completion. How durable a wall is depends heavily on its ability to dry, and how well it can dry depends on the materials you chose for your wall assembly, your 'recipe' if you will. Permeability: Which works Better OSB or Ply? : The va...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...construction practices. Whether you are buying and renovating, or undertaking a new building project, first speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Your options include a mortgage, which is a lump sum of funds, or a secured credit line where you have access to a set amount of funds and only p...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...durable & sustainable than a new home built right. If all went well and there were no unpleasant surprises during a home renovation , I would at best be left with the same size of mortgage, a lower quality home and a living space that was designed three quarters of a century earlier to serve as a weekend & summer cotta...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...durable, since moisture, in all its forms – ice, snow, bulk water, water vapor, is the kryptonite of a super home. Natural insulation for soundproofing Reducing sound transmission in buildings improves the quality of life for occupants and allows the construction of smaller homes while keeping privacy as a priority...