Green buildings / Guides

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...Green homes see here , or specifically everything about HRV & ERV systems see here , and to learn why it's a bad idea to put central air conditioning in modern homes with a vapor barrier, see here - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides Whatever you do, stay safe in wildfires & try not to breath smoky air folks! ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...buildings that bear on a footing. You may or may not have success in finding an engineer experienced in raft slab design, alternatively you can look into companies that specialize in custom designed prefabricated ICF slab on grade form kits . Excavation and slab placement Remove the approximately 6 inches of or...

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 ...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Green Building guide pages to learn how to install an air barrier , airtight window installation , how to choose a weather resistant barrier (WRB) , or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our DIY Green Home Building video series .

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to generate Power at Home? Auto-feeding w...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...Green Building Guide pages about green lifestyle choices that can reduce your personal carbon footprint and aid in mitigating climate change. Low-emission commuting choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Free online tool for calculating the carbon footprint of buildings Find ...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...green home on a budget How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages on North America's favorite green buildi...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Greenest City 2020 initiative, which is an effort to make Vancouver the 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 Build...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Green building begins at the design phase, and this category encourages builders to put together their building team early and involve them in the design process. It is here that regional issues and home durability is addressed, and building orientation is determined to maximise passive solar gains. Locations & Linka...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings here

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...buildings in cold climates from structural damage caused by frost heave is essential for durability. In most parts of Canada and the northern United States, the ground freezes during the winter months to a depth of several feet. Such ground freezing can lead to heaving of buildings located above or adjacent to it and c...