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Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...design perspective, these make for very cool living rooms. Having potted plants in a home makes it more welcoming and relaxing; a living wall ensures you have an abundance of such greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green walls for living...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...home with wood. Even if you follow the suggestions above, you will likely end up needing a dumpster for all but the smallest of projects. Look for private or municipal recycling centers, and if you are pursuing a green building certification like LEED, the center would need to provide a report of how much of your w...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...home needs to be able to be able to dry. That means allowing any water that gets in to drain out, and letting humid air escape - in modern energy efficient green homes using sustainable home design , the siding's principle role is to protect the air and weather barriers from deterioration while looking beautiful, effor...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...green building techniques here : Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete buildings 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 ...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto What are the laws in Washington State for Tiny Homes? Are shipping container Tiny homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more abou...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...homes certification , Passive House , Net Zero Labelled homes and all other Green Home Rating systems in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages .

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...home design, how to design for thermal comfort , and learn how fun building science can be in the pages of the Ecohome green building guide, North America's trusted online resource for sustainable and healthy home design advice.

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...design phase, so just like the drawing of building plans, this is on someone else’s plate. Architects and designers will need to design homes and commercial buildings that meet the thermal requirements of the Step Code. Alternatively, there is always the option as a developer to decide to build to LEED certification ...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...home construction and renovations in these pages: Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it? House Air Tightness - Why Balancing Air Pressure is Essential Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter What is the best Insulation for a Home? Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Gr...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with better ventilation like HRV's or ERV's or air conditioning. There is also much more understanding of how buildings work and why walls can fail in a home with air conditioning, even when built to code . For example, if a ho...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...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...