Extreme weather / Guides

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...weather barriers and rainscreens play in a wall, choosing the right products and installation tips for optimum performance. They're officially known as water-resistive barriers or WRBs, sometimes weather-resistive barriers, but in practical terms they are more commonly called housewraps and weather barriers. With so ...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...weather events. Following are some basic things for the average home owner or buyer to look for if they want to reduce risks to their homes from extreme weather events. It’s worth pointing out that below are all best practices based on a continued increase in weather damage to homes, but regrettably they are often ig...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...weather patterns of the future will be like . One thing we can agree on though is that since the weather is likely to be more extreme, then building homes that are better than the legal minimum performance allowed - otherwise known as Building Codes - is probably a smart move. We aren't even suggesting that going to ex...

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

...extreme weather events around the globe have doubled. The frequency and severity of extreme events like storms, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires are almost exactly double what they were just a few decades ago . When building a new home, what is Resilient? What you can't see in the home, the qua...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...extreme weather occurrences that are increasing in frequency and intensity. The current level of resiliency to which homes are constructed are light-grade at best, and based on climatic conditions that no longer exist; this was the time when your basic home design was created. Note: the main image above is of Ecohome...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. Snow melt combined with torrential spring rains can lead to very high water tables and consequently, sewage backflow is an increasing danger to homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement w...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...weather, and debris from surrounding trees. This is the cheapest roofing material for a single installation, but its short lifespan will make it the most expensive choice over the life of a home. 2. Metal roofs: Metal roofing © Ecohome While the extraction and rendering of metal roofing has a high-embodied en...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...extreme weather warning that could lead to a power outage, fill a bathtub for toilet flushing and other emergency water uses. All you have to do is pour a bucket of water into the tank at the back of the toilet and it will flush as usual. Storing drinking water: having enough drinking water to survive for several day...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...extreme insulation in homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better situated to retain heat can offer greater comfort for a longer period of time in such situations. Issues and solutions for all basement wa...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...weather & hot: Extreme cold will affect EV range for a few reasons – the batteries themselves don’t perform as well when they are cold, and also, consumption will go up when you consider defrosting windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and open...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...extreme weather events becoming more common, this can be a valuable asset. New smart battery systems can interact with your home electrical appliances to store energy or release energy when it makes the most sense for you. They can now be programmed to disable high-consumption mechanical equipment like dryers and air c...