Green home design / Guides

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...home design ... The beauty of Shou sugi ban Japanese carbonized wood finish © CDR Studio Architects Shou sugi ban black Japanese carbonized wood finish Bl© Matsu Accoya Designer Studio DB © Shou-sugi-ban carbonized multi-toned used for interior finishi...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...design features for new home construction The original whale-poop podcast that prompted this "punny" article Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages and consider supporting the Great Whale Conservancy here - Also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Netw...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...design.” A certified Passive House designer doesn’t necessarily know much about aesthetics. It should ideally be an iterative process, a tango between an architect and a Passive House designer. But many early European projects were only “designed” by Passive House designers, who are often engineers, not designers in th...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...designers, architects, homebuilders and homebuyers. The new version of Tesla solar shingles is in the news because they have reduced the cost of installation and are ramping up production of the V3 Tesla solar roof to install 1000 per week by 2021. The newest patented version is a larger-sized PV solar shingle made b...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...homes Which is better, OSB or plywood - for roofs, walls and floors? The best lumber choices for wood frame construction of homes How to sustainably dispose of construction waste Where to find FSC certified products locally Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Build...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...designed and insulated basement will have a much longer service life without repair. One of the most commonly overlooked benefits of extreme insulation in homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better situa...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...home design, and how to heat homes with the heat of sun, see here , for a finely engineered solution to high performance homes check out all you need to know about Passive House certification here from North America's favorite no-nonsense Green Building Website, EcoHome

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are less humid than the basement. All that ground moisture will be continually sucked into the concrete and will then often cause fungus and mold issues in your batt ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...Homes Worth the Money? 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 .

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...homes. That, right there, is the concept of geothermal heating in a nutshell. GSHPs also work in reverse to cool your home, which is an important factor in the efficiency of the system - while cooling your home in summer you are warming the ground for the next heating season. Whichever system you choose - air or ground...