Energy efficiency / Guides

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

Why Cleaning HRV Units is a Great Idea! When any machine has its normal operation hampered, it will reduce its efficiency and ability to function properly. Many of us are probably guilty of forgetting about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose be...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...energy efficiency. Having said all this, it is worth pointing out before we get too far that there are ‘unventilated roof’ designs as well; we will get to that below. An unventilated roof is less common in mainstream construction and is more often seen with vaulted or cathedral ceilings. For the moment this is about ...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...efficiency and LEED, Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready prefab and modular home kits for sale from the Ecohabitation organization in Quebec, including affordable prefab Rancher style eco homes here for the Abri range .. Learn more about Prefab Homes As one of our founders Mike Reynolds says in the Ecohome trai...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key sustainable strategy was the decision not to increase the footprint of the house and to maintain the existing exterior brick walls while adding high-performance insulation [previously there was no insulation] and ample high performance glazing to take advant...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...energy bill. Add a solar heated floor, or specify Zero Energy Ready and add Solar PV to the south facing side of the roof, and this home is able to generate zero energy bills, and actually EARN the owners some money back in the future! Every location is different, so our initial calculations for New York state indica...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...energy bills all year round? It is very important to understand that choosing the wrong windows will work against any effort and investment you've made to improve your energy efficiency by beefing up insulation. To illustrate this point, let’s imagine that a home has about 1,800 sq. ft. of walls which are insulated t...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...energy efficiency, as air leakage used to account for about 1/3 the total heat loss of a home. The lack of fresh air leaking in and out when building green homes means radon now collects in homes at higher concentrations and it has become a greater health concern. Radon is colorless and odorless and can be present in...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...energy saving benefits! It’s a win-win really! So if you’re looking into doing some home renovations and want to avoid any unwanted repairs and costs then we say invest in a ventilation system if you don’t have one, there are countless benefits for health, durability and energy efficiency. Now you've learne...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...efficiency MERV filters. André Fauteux, publisher of the Quebec magazine La Maison du 21e siècle spoke with former NASA researcher BC Wolverton, who was involved with the initial study, and who acknowledged that - “reducing pollutants at the source and ventilation have a greater depolluting impact on air quality than...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...energy modelling? What do you do to avoid thermal bridging in walls? What are your preferred types of insulation? Which type of wall assembly do you recommend? What is the most important feature in a home that affects energy efficiency? Why do many basements smell mouldy? The answers you receive will quic...