Durable home design / 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

...home design, orientation and window placement can easily reduce your heating needs by 25 percent. Window design considerations Operational windows (the ones that open) can work in several ways . Casement and awning windows wind open with a hand crank, s liders slide open sidesways, single and double hung windows op...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with better ventilation like HRV's or ERV's or air conditioning. There is also much more understanding of how buildings work and why walls can fail in a home with air conditioning, even when built to code . For example, if a ho...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...home The drawbacks of building on a slab on grade: Building your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement storage, a mechanical room on the main floor, and no ability to move plumbing fixtures for future renovations. So how to deal with that? No basement storage: build a shed, or build your sla...

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

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

...design phase, so just like the drawing of building plans, this is on someone else’s plate. Architects and designers will need to design homes and commercial buildings that meet the thermal requirements of the Step Code. Alternatively, there is always the option as a developer to decide to build to LEED certification ...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...homes with less lumber, find more about green home construction and choosing sustainable and healthy building materials in the pages below and in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . How to design a home for thermal comfort and energy efficiency The best lumber choices for timber frame construction home...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...home design ... The beauty of Shou sugi ban Japanese carbonized wood finish © CDR Studio Architects Shou sugi ban black Japanese carbonized wood finish Bl© Matsu Accoya Designer Studio DB © Shou-sugi-ban carbonized multi-toned used for interior finishi...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...Homes Worth the Money? Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...homeowner relaxing in his crawlspace. Or wait, maybe spelunking, it's often hard to tell the difference. What’s more durable, a slab on grade or crawlspace? If you read anywhere online that they are comparable in terms of durability or functional life span, then close that window and open another . A properly-ins...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...home on a budget Passive House certification & design in North America Find more about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages Tesla Model 3 and Tuscan Solar Roof shingles © Tesla Solar Roof © Tesla

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 can say definitively that the tips below become even more pertinent the higher-performance the home is designed to be - and especially important if using the la...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...home construction. The design and dimensions of any foundation slab will be determined by the size and design of the building that will sit on top of it, as well as the soil conditions where the slab will be poured. Always consult an engineer before beginning construction as it's almost certain that you'll need one to ...