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Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floor covering in the world. Today’s marmoleum is made from a ma...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...homes are more thermally comfortable, more durable and they cost less to operate. Floors are the contact point between us and our house, so additional body heat is lost as our feet conduct heat to a cold floor. To compensate for cold feet, people will often jack the thermostat up from the seemingly 'uncomfortable' ro...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...durable and resistant to rot. This process can also be done with other common woods such as pine, hemlock, maple or oak and is the perfect finish to the exterior of a variety of wood framing materials . How carbonized wood finish is made: Wooden boards are burnt on each side, which is usually done with a blowtorch ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...homes and can be retrofitted in older homes. Several companies are now manufacturing air to air heat recovery units. Many window manufacturers are now building triple glazed, double low E, argon filled windows with very tight well insulated window frames. Exterior door units are now very well insulated with excel...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...homes is a smart idea While is it is essential to know your climate zone and build homes that are durable enough to withstand the challenges it will face , we at Ecohome strongly feel that it is in the best interest of homeowners and society in general that we future-proof homes, by building today for the more dire c...

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...

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...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...homes such as LEED Certified homes or Passive House Certified homes would be a plus, but they may not always be easy to find. And be sure to get more than one quote, and don’t always go with the cheapest one. The sure-fire way to find a qualified general contractor is to educate youself then pepper them with question...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...durable homes. In addition to a safer base elevation for the community, all buildings and homes in the development that have mechanical rooms located in underground parking garages will have them well-protected in watertight rooms with watertight doors. During Super Storm Sandy in New York, many buildings were not ...

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

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

...durable and affordable - the question remaining being, how to achieve this? Chris has been building straw bale homes for 18 years, and building them in panel form since the year 2000. He has installed moisture meters inside walls dating back 15 years, so his confidence in this as a building technique comes from techn...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...homes , the market naturally follows suit. So thankfully it is becoming easier all the time to find green building products such as non-toxic and durable laminate countertops. Here are a few alternative sustainable kitchen counter options that we quite like for green homes with Passive House PHIUS+ certification or L...