Durable home construction / Guides

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?

...home, maybe inherit an old home, or are just tired of living in an old home and aren’t sure of the best course of action. We toil over the same decision with ol...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...home design was created. Note: the main image above is of Ecohome's Kenogami House, which was called ' The Most Resilient Home in North America' by Alex Wilso...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and speed of job completion, as well as...

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

...homes and windows see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website

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 cons...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...homes , learn more about framing timber for homes in the specific Guide Section devoted to Wood & Organic Materials for high efficiency home construction here, ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...home build, or a DIY home renovation. All the same, as EcoHome is all about LEED, Passive House, ZNE, Passive Solar or Zero Energy Green Home Construction , we ...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...home Passive House Certified , and all about Passive solar home design in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages.

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...homes are now equipped with air conditioning, the first and most important step in new home construction would be to stop including polyethylene vapor barriers ...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...home. Windows represent the coldest exterior surface of the inside of a home, that's why heat sources are usually placed below them to in effect 'wash' them wit...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...home Polyethylene : For good or bad, almost all home construction in Canada includes a polyethylene vapour barrier . If that is your method of choice, wit...

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