Durable home construction / Guides

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...construction that lets radon into your basement or home, it's reassuring to know that there's such a huge selection of SMART radon monitors available that keep ...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...homes , and some home insurance companies offer discounts as well, since LEED homes are more durable than homes built simply to provincial building code. Certai...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and i...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...homebuyers were willing to pay an additional $10,000 for a ‘green home’, compared to only 22% in 2008. Demand for more efficient homes is rising, making an even...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...construction: How to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation ? - Ecohome Guide Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How muc...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...homes , evaluating ahome before buying , finding the right neighbourhood ,and everything you need to know about green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecoho...

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...home upgrades - in our Building Guide pages you can learn about simple home improvements that save you money and energy while making your home more comfortable ...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home . There are,...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a 6 inch thick concrete slab-on-grade (insulated to R60) and is as durable as...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...homes: Prefab home construction image via Wikimedia In years past Pre-fab homes were generally just 2x6 framing, and weren't known for high performance,...