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Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...Homes are Good or Bad :- Find more pages about Tiny Houses and resilient green building techniques here : All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes How to stay on budget when building a home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a suc...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...healthy indoor air quality for occupants. Comfort and quality of life for residents should always be a top priority for home design, and the good news is that healthy, comfortable homes usually mean sustainable and efficient homes . This architect-designed, contemporary and eco-friendly kit house not only feels spaci...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...homes. So, for example, under-occupied homes need to further reduce their energy consumption by surpassing the energy targets or implementing strategies to lower the total energy demand, like the inclusion of renewable energy systems. ( See here for a more complete explanation about Passive House certification options ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...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, yet be on par with those homes in its annual cost to own and operat...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would likely take an infestation of biblical proportions to remove enough insulation to cause a structural issue or any significant heat loss. So if an apocalyptic invasion of termites should happen, don’t worry about your slab; grab you...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...healthy Green Homes like we are here at EcoHome, there's a lot to think about when choosing a healthier kitchen - firstly some beautiful kitchen cabinets, preferably built from FSC certified woods and formaldehyde-free plywood boxes, and that's even before choosing Sustainable kitchen countertops , starting first of al...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...homes and lead to costly renovations and repairs So, the question is – what should we do about condensation? How do we fix and prevent condensation in our homes? Condensation in homes – the basics So what is condensation? Condensation in its purest form is caused when humidity in the air comes in contact with...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...healthy edibles in a matter of weeks, follow our simple instructions and enjoy fresh food at home. Growing sprouts indoors at home Sprouts are germinated seeds, which is just the beginning growth of a seed; they are extremely healthy and some go from seed to ready to eat within 5 days. They are something of a ‘gate...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...healthy interior living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a home built to last spreads its ecological footprint over a longer period of time U - User friendly - a building must be affordable to own, operate and maintain R - Resilient - designing to withstand the normal and extreme stresses...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

Why Cleaning HRV Units is a Great Idea! When any machine has its normal operation hampered, it will reduce its efficiency and ability to function properly. Many of us are probably guilty of forgetting about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...healthy indoor air quality , easy maintenance and comfort, all in one affordable little package. Their other big challenge is Quebec union building laws. Unlike most other provinces, to get on a building site in Quebec you need to be certified and part of a union, two things their students are not. So the majority of...