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Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...green - or maybe go straight for a 100% recycled plastic wall panel that will still look exactly the same in 1000's of years! (Slightly tongue in cheek here but hey - it could work!) Choose recycled Gypsum drywall to preserve natural resources and divert waste from landfills. What is synthetic gypsum board? S...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

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

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes Écohabitation the French language Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes tha...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...power, hoping that others might improve the design and functionality. Hence the beauty of open source design. The freely downloadable construction guide includes a list of necessary materials, recommended tools and details the build process. Interested? Cruise over to the Applied Sciences website and check it out f...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...powerful model (at least 28 kW) will be required, and will cost around $3000, which does not take into account the additional costs that will be incurred through electrical and plumbing work. More powerful models might even require a complete revision of your electrical power infrastructure. Modern homes are generall...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...power (820W) compared to your regular booster pump and filtration powering the type of cleaner you plug into the skimmer which needs more than 1,000W or 1kWH to run. Your time and money will both be saved, not to mention it’s a ‘greener’ alternative in terms of energy consumption. Programmable - Robotic pool cleaners...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes Écohabitation the French language Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of stylish & affordable prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are able to meet Pass...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...power, you can gain heat simply through natural convection as warm air rises, but you will get much more heat by forcing air through it with a fan. Fans don't require a lot of energy to operate, so a small dedicated PV panel would do the job when there is no other available power and will automatically drive the fan wh...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...power rates, you could drastically reduce your cooling costs by having a lot of it happen overnight. While there is very little of this type of technology currently on the market and it's impossible to vouch for its effectiveness, it's a promising concept that can and should be experimented with. Wax for example, can...

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)

...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 Network Membership here .