High performance / Guides

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...high purchase and installation costs (purchase costs of $1000-$1500 or up to around $3000 for an efficient electrical model for a family home, and installation costs of around $1000); (with electrical models) high demand on network and possible need to replace existing electrical panels and wiring (additional costs o...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...high performance standards like LEED and other programs can help reduce the rate of climate change, how else can we adapt? Why do we need to build more resilient homes? How do we build more resilient homes? How are builders adjusting to meet these new challenges? How can we choose more suitable places to live? ...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...high performance and low environmental impact in both new construction and renovation projects on existing buildings. And this transformation has not taken place in one country, one type of economy or one type of climate. It is occurring in all corners of the world. In order to understand the significance of that gro...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...High Performance Wall Assemblies see here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...performance and EV range). If you live close to your workplace and don’t do a lot of road trips you can probably get by with one that has a shorter range. And using it less means it will be easier to avoid charging it during peak hours (if your regional utility company has variable rates). As the battery is the mos...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...performance in terms of strength and functionality, though plywood is about 7% stronger . The main difference between the two is how they handle moisture, and oddly enough there are wildly varying conclusions - from very reputable sources - as to just how vapour permeable they are. We don't do any in-house testing so a...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...performance and risk. Though raw material use is effectively eliminated, there is higher pollution during manufacturing than raw wood and you might want to look closely at the bonding agents to avoid plastics, formaldehyde & other toxic content. Cost of composite siding: $6 to $15 per square foot installed. Expecte...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...performance requirements of building codes, so on a per square foot basis your heating costs could be among the highest. A high-performance stationary house many times the size could easily be built to require less heat than a mobile tiny house. And in a perfect world, people would live in smaller stationary homes. W...

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

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

...high performance windows. Drafts around windows and doors: Drafts in homes from windows & doors are worse in winter © Ecohome Aside from the plastic sheet mentioned above, air leaks can often be fixed with a tube of caulking . In fact, it can be good to do both. If you plan to cover a window with plastic, sto...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

Rooftop solar-power production is fairly commonplace now, and you always know exactly which roof has them because they are highly-visible and somewhat clunky looking. They aren’t ugly but, they aren’t really beautiful either. As a follow-up to our original article on the Tesla solar roof here , the next phase of sol...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...higher the MERV rating is, the more it creates airflow resistance. Filters with very high ratings may put more strain on a system than it was designed for, which can actually worsen the air quality in your home and potentially burn out motors. HEPA filters (High-efficiency particulate air) have a very high MERV ratin...