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Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...homes; it just takes a bit of research and buying from suppliers that are aware of these issues. Now you know about maintaining healthy indoor air quality, learn more about sustainable construction for healthy and durable homes in the Ecohome Building Guide pages Find more pages about sustainable and resili...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...homes after installation. Besides using green ingredients, marmoleum is extremely healthy. It has unique antibacterial properties because the ongoing oxidation of the linseed oil naturally inhibits the growth of harmful micro-organisms, making it the flooring choice of many hospitals and health care facilities. A...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...homes. It isn’t usually hard to find used bricks, see here our page about where to buy and sell used building materials to get some tips on finding stock. Older semi-detached homes sometimes have brick party walls between homes that are covered in plaster, so you may have a beautiful accent wall just waiting to be un...

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

...homes is not new . The above image is of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings in Colorado, occupied from 700 to 1300 AD. This early North American settlement was shaded from the summer sun, but fully exposed to the sun in winter, which would heat the rocks and provide some warmth to homes. ...

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

...homes from extreme weather events. It’s worth pointing out that below are all best practices based on a continued increase in weather damage to homes, but regrettably they are often ignored by builders and homebuyers. To protect your investment moving into the future, resilient home design must be made the focal poin...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and helps keep home humidity down. Excess humidity in houses can cause moisture damage, but what is not often considered is that added energy consumption involved, as heating moist air requires significantly more energy than heating dry air. When using manufactured wood produ...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...homes take less materials to build than large homes, and they consume less energy to operate. Ergo, smaller homes are ‘greener’ homes. At least most of the time… Tiny houses are on one hand a great example of compact living, which reduces the carbon footprint of buildings, but the problem arises from the fact that th...

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?

...homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (2x more...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

As described by the architects: Designed for a client with environmental sensitivities, +HOUSE is a manifestation of a sustainable and healthy approach to building that does not sacrifice design. Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft hig...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...homes take less materials to build than large homes, and they consume less energy to operate. Ergo, smaller homes are ‘greener’ homes. At least most of the time… Tiny houses are on one hand a great example of compact living, which reduces the carbon footprint of buildings, but the problem arises from the fact that th...