Durable homes / Guides

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 fi...

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 he...

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 exterio...

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 build...

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 ...

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 lamina...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...homes can help slow or reverse that process, we can at least do our best to do better, to build better homes by knowing which options make better structures wit...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance homes...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transportation of building ...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...homes built to meet code, and ones that perform several times better, and better is often cheaper. A bit cheaper in the short term, much cheaper in the long run...

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

...Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, preferably vi...