High performance / Guides

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...high-performance building development. To learn more about the WELL Building Standard, visit WELLcertified.com . Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs related to green building. GBCI...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...performance from a solar air heating panel is about 80% absorption of available light. Heat Panel Conductivity: Materials with higher conductivity will improve solar air heater performance. A black PVC pipe for example, would not provide as much heat as a black metal pipe. Even different metals will have different ra...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...high on the priority list. When I say ‘many of us’ are guilty of slacking off a bit, I include myself in that group, but after a recent discovery I will up my game a bit. I have usually inspected and cleaned the filter on my HRV about once a year, likely a bit less frequently to tell the honest truth. And when I do i...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...performance, we fully expect there to be those that find this to be extreme and unnecessary in both durability and performance. We believe this stems from the fact that basements are currently dank and moldy, chronically under-insulated, and that we are simply accustomed paying the high cost of heating. Ecohome promo...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Higher global temperatures means more moisture in the air, more turbulent air, and consequently more violent and unpredictable storms. For example, this month in Anchorage Alaska (Jun/Jul 2019), temperatures reached 90°F for the first time since records began, causing authorities to cancel the traditional July 4th fire...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...performance and cost - and this is where identifying the best laminate countertops can help you find that find that sweet spot. So, which are the greenest laminate counters? Warning – not all laminate counters are created equal! We are all about high-performance construction here at EcoHome, but when it comes to ch...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...performance). So, what we are looking into here is definitely the comparison between the performance of GSHP's and ASHP's - and not really "Geothermal" heating in the true sense of the word - but hey - as many folks do call it that, they're also going to search for it, right? GSHP's v ASHP's - how are they compared...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...high-performance windows. Interior materials were choosen based on regional availability but this was not always the deciding factor. We did choose regionally-made veneer-faced, no-added formaldehyde MDF panels, but also opted for Baltic Birch plywood whose superior strength and pricing outweighed locally-produced pl...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...high performance insulation, you can eliminate many tons of greenhouse gas emissions from your building materials as well as during the future operation of the home. Slab-on-grade construction is a somewhat uncommon method of home building that replaces the conventional foundation wall and basement or crawl space wit...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...performance of that entire wall section (windows included) may have been a more expensive option than reducing the insulation level slightly and applying that money to a much higher quality window. In Conclusion, How much Insulation is best? Balancing insulation is about respecting the laws of diminishing returns. ...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...high as R60 and R70 is not that unusual anymore, nor is that much insulation overkill in a really cold climate. In contrast, a skylight will probably be rated somewhere between R3 and R5 if you're lucky. That is a seriously weak link in the chain. Since a skylight will be installed proud of the roof surface and ceili...