Green home design / Guides

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...Green roofs- intensive and extensive: Green roof © Ecohome An intensive green roof, also known as a ‘rooftop garden’ refers to planting areas that have a depth of 6 inches and up. Deeper soil supports a greater variety of plants such as vegetables, shrubs and even small trees. Extensive roofs are designed pri...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...green home is the most affordable option How to dispose of construction waste responsibly Find more about green home construction and discover the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...home in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . Growing Food at Home in Small Spaces - 7 Top Tips Vegetables that Grow Well in the Shade Keyhole Gardens - Growing drought-resistant Vegetables at Home Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables and Greens for Homes and Apartments Learn more about gre...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...home, it will need to be built on site, and likely take one to several weeks to complete. Planning for a masonry heater should be in the design phase if possible, as that weight requires tremendous support. For new home construction, a footing is often poured for the stove at the same time as for foundations. Fires i...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...greenhouse gas emissions over wood. Galvanizing steel also requires 83 times more water than treating wood with borate. Further Reading for Wood Framing Choices: Which Lumber & Materials to Choose for Framing Homes Is OSB or Plywood Better for Roofs, Walls & Floors? Which Building Envelope Material is Best? W...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...Home's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor that delivers solar heated water in the summer months. This and all you need to know about high performance home building can be found in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages.

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...home on a budget Passive House certification & design in North America Find more about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages Tesla Model 3 and Tuscan Solar Roof shingles © Tesla Solar Roof © Tesla

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Design in Canada & USA see here , or for specifics about the differences between PHIUS & PHI certification for Passive House see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides - North America's favorite Sustainable & Green Building Resource

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...home Solar air heating panels are a growing trend in green building online , with one notable shortfall – the heat that is generated is difficult to store or control. Many people take advantage of the relatively simple and affordable nature of air-heated solar panels (compared to photovoltaic panels) to harness the...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...home energy rating © Ecohome Grants for homeowners to invest in solar and geothermal systems Financial incentives for the purchase of energy efficient houses Establishing a mandatory energy rating for homes (fear not homeowners, inspection budgets will be paid for by the governmentt) Implementing energy retrofit progra...