Durable home design / Guides

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...designer who leans towards high-performance (experience with Passive House practices is a bonus), and selecting a general contractor who won't clash with your designer and try to talk you into their own favourite practices. Let the designers design and the builders build. So that's how to design a home for human comf...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...homes? Yes, some institutions offer discounts . Many banks are now offering special mortgage rates for energy efficient green homes , and some home insurance companies offer discounts as well, since LEED homes are more durable than homes built simply to provincial building code. Certain municipalities will also offer...

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

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

...Design for creating a healthy and productive home office space , learn more about sustainable 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 ...

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 Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. Resilient home design basics: The basic definition or premise of resiliency is to be prepared , or to have the...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...home design, and the good news is that healthy, comfortable homes usually mean sustainable and efficient homes . This architect-designed, contemporary and eco-friendly kit house not only feels spacious, bright and inviting, it has an extremely low carbon footprint. The design philosophy started with an underlying foc...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (2x more...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...homebuilders question the value of a more energy efficient design, often doubting they will get their money back for their efforts and added investment. This confirmation by the Canadian Home Builders Association should help convince builders that home-energy performance is a top priority to Canadian homebuyers. Our ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...design. Choosing a contractor should be based on their reputation and competence, and not on who comes back with the lowest price once the plans are completed. Bring them into the design phase at the beginning rather than waiting until it is done. Also, unlike a designer, a contractor mandated to ensure complianc...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...designed home, consider choosing a modern green prefab home with Architect pedigree and Certified performance instead - see here for inspiration . Balancing your new green home's budget is a compromise between funds, performance and "good basics" 4. Selecting a green Architect or home designer When planning t...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...home was designed for resiliency, among other notable features it includes an underground 2000 gallon rainwater harvesting system which feeds showers and toilets during all seasons, being charged in winter by melt runoff on warm days. Durable, low maintenance design: The true cost of a home can only be determined w...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise efficient energy systems and an energy efficient building...