Green home design / Guides

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...green building and LEED continuing to grow across the country and globally,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC. “Our national efforts are timely, and tie-in well to the Buildings Day that will be held at COP 21, supported by the World Green Building Council.” “This signals the key role buildings pla...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Homes of Carp, Ontario designed and built Canada's first Energy Star labelled home in Canada. This home was built with dense-packed (or dense-blown) cellulose as the wall insulation of choice. Their intent was to produce a better built home with the goal of creating "a proper balance between additional efficiency and p...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to put extra thought into designing these rooms so they consume less, last longer, and help us maintain healthier homes. Durable water resistant surfaces will prevent damage and prevent mold ...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...home and Ecohabitation Emmanuel Cosgrove, they designed and built the Kenogami House, which is a model of both sustainability and resilience. Read More... Among his many initiatives, Alex Wilson is an author and the founder of the Resilient Design Institute, Environmental Building News , Greenspec , and BuildingGreen...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero energy homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy Community in Calgary, Alberta

...home builder to offer this sustainable building process to Calgary Homebuyers on this scale," said Sam Attia, President, Landmark Homes. "We are committed to providing an option that could potentially eliminate monthly electricity charges entirely for homeowners, among other sustainable benefits." Discover more about...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...green has therefore been proven to be significant. So, if you aren’t making a putting green in your backyard, and you want to keep a Green Home that can be enjoyed by everyone, do you really need absolute perfection for your lawn, or should you consider some eco-friendly and environmentally sympathetic backyard lawn al...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...home Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

...home's Eco-credentials, energy consumption, internal air quality (unless choosing formaldehyde free cabinets & plywood ), comfort - you get the picture. The operative words here are "House" & "Home" - for "Tiny" Houses to be a "Green" option for a permanent residence, to EcoHome's mind some stance needs to be taken on ...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concr...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Homes pilot program goals The goal of the R-2000 Net Zero Energy homes pilot program in Canada was to improve the performance standards of homes, and to raise awareness of energy-efficient green home building techniques among builders. Through participating in this pilot project, every builder became licensed as, o...