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Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...Guide on efficient heating of swimming pools, evaporation takes a lot of energy - which goes against the grain where burning wood for heat goes, so first rule of wood burning in stoves or fireplaces is; Burn Dry Wood! Maximum moisture content should be considered around the 15-20% range, so when choosing firewood, make...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...Guide pages . How to design a home for thermal comfort and energy efficiency The best lumber choices for timber frame construction homes Are high efficiency homes worth the extra cost? What are the best walls? Building science made easy - video Why to choose FSC certified lumber and paper ...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Different Electric Home Heating Types - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Mandatory Energy Labeling for Homes Could be Bad News (Unless Your Home is Built Green) Future-Proof Buil...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased pages in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings - Click Here

Cambrian Black Granite

Granite counter tops, North America's trusted resource on green home building

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one here . Now you know all about heat pump hot water heaters , next take a look at the How to Choose a Fireplace or Stove Page here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides - or for more ideas on heating and cooling a home while saving energy and money look at the How to heat & cool your home in an environmentally...

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)

...Guide pages and consider supporting the Great Whale Conservancy here - Also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...guidelines For attic ventilation, NRCA recommends providing at least 1 square foot of NFVA for every 150 square feet of attic space (1:150 ventilation ratio) measured at the attic floor or ceiling level. For large-volume attics where roof slopes are greater than 8:12, you should consider increasing the amount of atti...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living will walk you through the steps than can help you minimize your personal emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sacrifice you are making. A green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a h...