Green buildings / Guides

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...Green Home Building Guidance at Ecohome, North America's trusted Green Home Building Website .

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...greenhouse gas emissions and urban sprawl. That translates directly into cleaner air, more green space, and a genuine step towards limiting the impact of urban centres on our severely troubled climate. The inherent space limitations of backyard construction in dense urban areas brings another spinoff benefit for an e...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

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Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

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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...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...buildings or planting a stand of evergreen trees, the only thing you can do to stop wind pressure is to work overtime when you are sealing up your house to prevent air leaks in the first place. The stack (or chimney) effect is the same uphill battle, and unlike wind issues it is happening 24/7. As warm air rises it c...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...green building techniques here : How to service HRV & ERV units at home for optimum efficiency Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing formaldehyde and VOC free new furniture How to create a healthy home office with Biophilic Interior Design Find more about green home constru...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam 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 Building Guide pages or ...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...green builders on principle alone; it should be looked at in perspective. There are other great types of insulated sheathing (mineral wool, wood fiber and fiberglass to name three) and each will have their own benefits, drawbacks, carbon footprint and embodied energy through manufacturing, so even the greenest of the g...

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?

...Greener Homes Grant Scheme 2021 announced - see here for how to apply and eligibility requirements Now that you know all about the blower door test , visit the Ecohome Green Building guide pages to learn how to install an air barrier , airtight window installation , how to choose a weather resistant barrier (WRB) , o...