Green building design / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...building materials and buying locally, you just became part of the green building trend. As we have said, green building starts at the design phase, so you can incorporate these materials into your future build. Knowing what materials you will use ahead of time can save you some headaches, since you can make any nece...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...designed to take advantage of that. Passive solar heating is yet another green building design feature that will save you money while improving your quality of life, EcoHome even have a design and rating system designed around it called The Passive Solar Index - check it out here . Artificial efficient energy saving ...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...green home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive solar home design , Passive House contruction , how to build slab on grade on bad soil , and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green buildi...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...building codes, content to pay a monthly premium for the rest of our lives to compensate for a lack of foresight in the design phase. Builders can often be heard saying "but it's built to code" while defending designs, which is true. What they are not realizing is that unlike the structural integrity of buildings, th...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...Buildings, see HERE from EcoHome, North America's favorite Green Building website Zero Net Energy home minimalist interior design © bioi Zero Energy Home Kitchen design © bioi About bioi Bioi is a small design studio based in Alberta, Canada. With a focus on innovat...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Buildin...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...greenest city in the world by 2020. We hope they succeed, and that other cities find inspiration in their efforts. Read more about Passive House certification, the BC Energy Step Code , or sustainable building practices in the Ecohome Green Building Guides , at Ecohome, North America's favorite green building website...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...building a home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more abo...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...building incentives they have; some offer tax relief for building homes certified to either LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), or Built Green standards. Some municipalites will also offer rebates on building permits for homes that carry building certications. Many provincial power suppliers are als...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Inst...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...building a near zero energy home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ...