Green Housing / Guides

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Green Building Guides A green building video series on our website And the EcoHome Green Building YouTube channel . More about LEED V4 certification More about Passive House design More about Passive Solar Design If you would like to try a LEED Platinum V4 home before deciding to build one, and you'd like...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...green building and LEED continuing to grow across the country and globally,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC. “Our national efforts are timely, and tie-in well to the Buildings Day that will be held at COP 21, supported by the World Green Building Council.” “This signals the key role buildings pla...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero energy homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy Community in Calgary, Alberta

Landmark Homes Inc. In Calgary Alberta, In partnership with Brookfield Residential Properties, has just started construction on a community of 27 prefabricated net zero energy homes , the first of its kind in Alberta. A ‘ Net Zero Energy ’ home on an annual basis generates as much or more power than it consumes, and...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

There has been a steady evolution in the way we build homes over the last couple of decades, and the old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, fiberglass insulation and polyethylene doesn't measure up anymore with building codes, nor the trend towards high performance housing. One aspect of wall assemblies that is garnering ...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies. Condensation, relative humidity, temperature and health problems graph - how they all relate Before we all panic because we noticed some condensation in our homes, remember that eliminating all mold and mold spores indoors is virtu...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...Greenhouse gas emissions: The way the grid operates is that your home is effectively fed by the closest power source. Meaning, if you live next to a nuclear power station or a gas or coal plant, that is how your house is powered. If you live closer to a hydroelectric dam, solar farm or a windmill, you are already a c...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...greenspec.buildinggreen.com/blogs/toxicological-riddles-case-boric-acid 3. Technical Series 96212. Results of Fire Resistance Tests on Small-Scale Insulated and Non-Insulated Gypsum Board Protected Wall Assemblies: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

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

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...housing, smoke from fires is more able to dissipate without having the same impact on local human health as it can in dense urban areas. Smoke from wood stoves © Arboristsite.com A high concentration of woodstoves in an urban setting will have a more noticeable impact on the surrounding air quality and conseque...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...green prefabricated homes & green building techniques here : Prefab homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or ...