Green home design / Guides

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home? And to see more guide pages in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings - Click Here

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...home comfort, energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...homes built in the 1940s and 50s, which is a lot of living space considering family size has dropped from an average of over 5 people per home a generation ago to under 3 people per home today. Compare that to Tiny House builders that are producing fully-functioning homes that are as little as 100 square feet, probab...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...home construction. The design and dimensions of any foundation slab will be determined by the size and design of the building that will sit on top of it, as well as the soil conditions where the slab will be poured. Always consult an engineer before beginning construction as it's almost certain that you'll need one to ...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...homes Which is better, OSB or plywood - for roofs, walls and floors How to sustainably dispose of construction waste 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 .

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...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...designed to let grass and ground cover grow through, this is really the ideal world for marrying the natural environment and a laneway. Rather than trying to inhibit growth, this invites it. If you like the look of a more organic and natural environment then options start to open up in terms of both design and materi...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...home construction in the building guide pages of Ecohome, North America's online source for Green building guidance. Information for this article was compiled from the following sources: “ Le chauffe-eau instantané ” published by Écohabitation “ Designs that Work – Cold Climate House Design Recommendations ”, b...

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...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...home see here Why building a green sustainable home is the most affordable option The best resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .