Eco-friendly building materials / Guides

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...Eco-friendly siding wood siding options , natural wood finishes , Passive Solar, Passive House & LEED certified homes for inspiration here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...materials proven to be eco-friendly and durable for a long and maintenance-free lifespan. Exterior cladding materials were chosen for the ecological characteristics , low maintenance requirements and their durability: Cedar cladding with its natural anti-rot properties Sheet metal cladding – durable and 100% re...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...building techniques here : All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes How to stay on budget when building a home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home constructio...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...building and healthy home information , we often are asked by manufacturers (and some snake oil peddlers) to feature purported ‘eco-friendly’ products that are actually just greenwashing . I have heard of Soapnut DIY laundry soap as well as Tru-Earth Laundry strips which we reviewed here , and since we are forever on t...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...Building Guide pages - and learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Read more about our , or read all about , or even in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...eco-friendly materials. Choosing greener household cleaners and personal care products that come in minimal or compostable packaging. Opting for a refillable water bottle or a reusable coffee mug and using metal or glass straws. Switching to a diet with more plant-based foods. Growing your own vegetables in con...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...materials selected, and the energy performance. What is a low carbon home? Every building has its own ‘embodied energy’ or ‘embodied carbon’, and that refers to the carbon released during material extraction, manufacturing and shipping of building materials in the beginning, as well as the energy required to heat 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

...building codes likely won't recognize that for another 30 years isn't a reason to ignore facts - when building a new home today, we should be building better homes, using proven techniques and materials and insisting on better value for money from our hard-earned dollars. If we want a better Green Home, we are the ones...

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

...Materials as using the best materials available ensures good sealing that lasts If we were talking about sealing a Boat we wouldn't have to stress the point, trust us, without properly installed and sealed windows and doors, your home's performance is also sunk! Further reading for water & air sealing & building ...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...building a certified Green Home with eco-friendly drywall. Reclaimed river wood installed on ceiling © Ecohome Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You need to prime and paint drywall but you do not need to do anything with wood. Some people choose to stain or seal wood before installing it on a ce...

Real estate

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

...building materials won't be very noticeable in the cost, but will be a strong incentive to buyers. Read more about how to build healthy green kitchens. Insulating attics : An open attic is a great place to easily improve the performance of a home with additional insulation. Check to see how much insulation there is a...