Green home design / Guides

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...home but it would probably be less expensive with a new build due to the unfinished interiors. Read more about the pros and cons of Solar Thermal Water Heaters , Solar Air Heaters , and EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor in the EcoHome Green Building Guides .

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...home, and writing about Passive House, we were in contact with Harold Orr, a world-renowned environmental engineer, pioneer of the very concept of 'green building'. and who was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his pioneering contribution to energy-efficient home construction. He was one of the principal desig...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. “Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions” describes potential adaptive strategies available to green building practitioners. These strategies add an important new dimension to the green building industry’s long-s...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun offer free heat, but free light as well. Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studies show that people who...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...design a small scale wind turbine he could use to provide supplemental water heating. Applied Sciences then decided to make the design widely available to others along with an introduction to wind power, hoping that others might improve the design and functionality. Hence the beauty of open source design. The freely ...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement 'Smart' sewage backup flood prevention devices & Alarms Rainwater management & water-permeable landscaping Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecoho...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...homes , learn more about framing timber for homes in the specific Guide Section devoted to Wood & Organic Materials for high efficiency home construction here, or read all about eco-friendly Hemp Furniture Board here , or check out our Guide page about wood-frame construction or even find out about beautiful Shou sugi ...

Green building certifications

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

...design ideas, we here at Ecohome look forward to featuring not only the winners, but other homes that stand out in design and performance. From SAB's website: The Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, inclu...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...home or entering it. Ventilate the home to remove excess moisture. Dehumidify the air in the home to bring the relative humidity below the 60%. Heat and insulate homes evenly to try to prevent cold spots that will provoke condensation. The question remains, how do we do all those for the best, to help reduce ...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...home with a reading of 20,000 Bq /m3 and we were able to bring it down to under 70.” – Rob Mahoney. That covers Removing Radon gas from Crawlspaces & Basements, to read more about Radon Mitigation in Homes , see the Guides here , to read how to reduce Radon Gas in well water, see here , both from the EcoHome Green Bu...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...home kits for sale from the Ecohabitation organization in Quebec, including affordable prefab Rancher style eco homes here for the Abri range .. Learn more about Prefab Homes As one of our founders Mike Reynolds says in the Ecohome trailer video on our YouTube channel (see below or here) " If you can build a hous...