Energy efficiency / Guides

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...energy bills. Learn about easy energy efficiency home upgrades - in our Building Guide pages you can learn about simple home improvements that save you money and energy while making your home more comfortable and more durable. While confined, we will eventually run out of drawers and closets to clean, so think big! ...

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...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...energy-efficient and airtight, with an airspace between wall structures and exterior cladding to allow walls to dry and allow us to Install windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection between durability and efficiency is that energy loss often brings with it moisture damage in the following ways: ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...energy intensive during manufacturing. The process of building a basement requires 3 costly visits from a team of concrete trucks; once to pour a footing, again to pour walls, and a third time to pour a basement floor. For every ton of concrete produced, one ton of greenhouse gases is released into the atmosphere. On...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...energy saving solution, not something that will cost you more money. A dehumidifier will cost maybe $10 or $15 a month to operate, but it will likely offer you more than that in savings as it takes less energy to heat and cool dry air than humid air. If you have a mould problem, clean it with detergent. But mould wil...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...efficiency wood-burning stove or fireplace for the most eco-friendly way to burn wood for heat and be sure to maintain your stove or fireplace for optimal combustion. Buying the right stove in the first place allows us to run them at the optimum efficiency level while giving the level of heat required to heat the home ...

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...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...energy efficiency, supporting green businesses, and voting for local and national environmental legislation are additional steps you can take. By taking responsibility and working together to change larger policies and practices, we can all do more to protect our planet and its resources. Now you know about l...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...energy. Building houses airtight is great for energy efficiency , but that makes it all the more urgent to protect your home air quality by choosing non-toxic building materials. And given that some spray foam manufacturers have safety manuals as long as 84 pages and multiple hazard data sheets about how to protect y...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...energy efficiency or long term durability. If you have to replace something fairly soon after installation, you aren't saving money and resources. Whatever used materials you are considering, collect stock as far ahead of time as you can so you can plan for any changes that might need to be made to accommodate unusua...