Green Housing / Guides

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...housing and badly needed money to improve First Nations housing, just nothing on energy upgrades for the general population. Hopefully the Feds will take a hint from the Provinces for their next budget. As we get info from other provinces we will add it, but for now here's what we know about Ontario and Quebec: Quebec:...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...housing option from cradle-to-grave in both its relatively compact design for a 3-bedroom home and material selection to reduce the total carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions during construction and operation. The result of this low-carbon design approach: Calculating the carbon footprint of its constructi...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...green building products are continually becoming easier to find, and quickly dropping in price. 2. Renovating If you have either the skills to do it yourself or the patience to live in a mess for a bit, this can be a more affordable way to break into the housing market. You can increase the value of your home while...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...greener lifestyle and inspired us to do the same. Now, many years later, it is our turn to close this circle and inspire others. Editors note: Below are the jury comments about the project from the Canadian Green Building Awards: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification that is both gentle...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

LEED Platinum V4 Wall Design: Building Science The wall we designed for the Edelweiss house, Canada's first LEED Platinum V4 Home is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a high performance building envelope developed by the Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in Alaska. REMOTE stands for 'Residential Exterior M...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...housing. The minimum envelope requirements of the 2014 R-2000 Standard will be applied in order to ensure the envelope and other long-term elements are well addressed before renewable energy technologies are used to reduce conventional energy use. Non-R-2000 builders can enter the pilot by using this process and this...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...green building at Ecohome, North America's green building website .

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

Following on from our predictions for green construction in 2020 , Dodge Data & Analytics just released the findings of a landmark study on prefab and modular construction . The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report (download below) was published with the support of Bradley Corp., the Modular...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system. Now you know more about home air filters in furnaces and how they can help airborne pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, viruses & protect indoor air quality in eco homes &...