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Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...home size. Smaller homes require less materials to build and less energy to operate. With a bit more thought and creativity on behalf of designers and builders, small homes don't always have to feel that way. Both the city and its builders should be commended for their efforts towards efficient living. The following ...

Natural swimming pool design DIY (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural pools and natural swimming pools

...Home Green Building Guides Also for beautiful gardens improve Biodiversity in your backyard with a Bee-Friendly and Eco-Friendly alternative to a standard grass lawn - Read the EcoHome Guide Here For further reading, we found the following sites quite helpful: Total Habitat The Pond Clinic, Ottawa, ON

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Homes Ltd. Vancouver, BC www.sonbuilthomes.com Sustainable TO Toronto, ON www.sustainable.to Wrighthaven Homes Limited Elora, ON www.wrighthavenhomes.com Spring 2014 to Spring 2015: Houses will be constructed and then go through the R-2000 verification and labelling protocol. Summer ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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

...design, it is also less prone to movement and cracking than 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 an...

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 ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

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 .