Eco insulation / Guides

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...insulation can result in needing to spend less on heating infrastructure (not to mention significant operational savings as well). Extra insulation is always the route we would suggest first, and which types of insulation, how much, and where to use it is covered here . Losing less heat means you need to add less hea...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...ecognized. LEED promotes sustainable building practices through material selection, responsible site management and design. LEED homes generally have reduced ecological footprints, healthier indoor environments and offer 30 to 70% in energy savings over homes built to provincial & state code. Because it is the most w...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...Eco-Friendly see here , or to see all about growing Vegetables in the Shade, see here - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...ecompose quickly and release compounds that inhibit flames. The most common flame retardants used are bromine-based - polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). The total world production of PBDEs is about 100,000 tonnes per year, posing a serious and virtually unnecessary risk to human health and the eco-system. The e...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if possible, has glazing oriented to the south for passiv...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?, but such well-meaning intentions don't automatically lead to the desired results. So we wanted to look at this housing trend in context to figure out when it makes sense, and when it doesn't. Homes that have the lowest eco-impact: Apartments and condos are tiny houses; they're just stacked on top of ...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have a lot of tiny, interconnected air pockets in it that will ab...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...ecome more common as societies transition away from carbon-based economies and heating with fossil fuels. At current market prices there is an argument that can be made that heating with gas is more affordable, and that "natural gas" is a clean(ish) energy source, but for how long? There is no way to determine the co...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...econd leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the USA & Canada, it is quickly becoming a household term. Many newer homes will have radon barriers and vents but the question remains of how to deal with high levels of radon in existing homes with no mitigation system in place. Below we outline radon mitigation s...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...ecomte Acrylic siding materials are composed of concrete, glass fiber and polystyrene. Suppliers sometimes claim that in addition to siding they also act as insulators, but there isn't much truth to that. Any insulation value it might have would be ineffective if you install it properly, which includes an a...

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

...EcoHome Guides Discover how to build more resilient, eco-friendly and efficient homes in the EcoHome Guides here...