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Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by designing highly flexible dwellings . From their website: "FabCab typically designs flexibility into a home so that its layout can be easily modified when the need a...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...home Exterior insulation for home renovations: Beyond new home construction, using the Larsen Truss wall Design can also be a great way to do an energy-efficiency home retrofit , as you can mount them to the existing siding creating what is effectively a double-stud wall design, and even extending this up onto a ...

LEED Homes

Getting Started

...Homes certification program is based on documentation of the building process and visual inspections by LEED certified Green Raters. Upon successful completion of your project, your home can be awarded a level of either Certified, Silver, Gold or the highest possible level, Platinum. Step by step : 1) Contact a...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...green building. Learn about energy-efficient home upgrades and other Green building certification programs such as Net Zero labelled homes and Passive House that may make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives , all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...home upgrades. Since your ecological footprints are so heavy residential areas, it is important to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible. All the information necessary to build a green home is available on this site, but in the meantime if you live in a conventional home, start by reading our simple househo...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and is an experienced green building project manager. JP – Patrick, please tell us about your business and what drives you . PR - I became aware at a very young age of the global environmental challenge...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance homes seem to cost between 5 and 15% mor...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design and build a modestly-sized but functional home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...homes in a changing climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about t...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...home? How much insulation do I need in green home construction? Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Why building a sustainable home is the best financial choice Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about th...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...homes being built that would mean conducting a full carbon lifecycle analysis during home design , so that everything – and I mean everything – is on the table for design alterations to reduce the carbon foot print of homes. That means the size and design of homes , the materials selected, and the energy performance. ...