Green materials / Guides

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...materials. Being sealed on all sides by wood and plaster further protects panels from weather during construction, and the quick installation of finished panels...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...green residential construction standards in the country. "Our goal is to take current green residential building standards to the next level by employing some...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. Fo...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...materials suited to the climate. A green roof, heat-mirror triple glazing, solar shading, passive ventilation and daylighting, and a geothermal system are just ...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...Green Building Guides - North America's favorite Sustainable & Green Building Resource

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...Green Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture pro...

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

...greenhouse for growing ornamental plants or perhaps food, that presents even greater concerns. A greenhouse full of plants will have high levels of relative hum...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of ...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system.

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - Also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .