Home Durability / Guides

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...homes , evaluating ahome before buying , finding the right neighbourhood ,and everything you need to know about green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...homes building for a changing Climate here . Even without adding significant cost to a build, a home can be built with far greater durability and be better-abled to resist the extreme weather occurrences that are increasing in frequency and intensity. The current level of resiliency to which homes are constructed are...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...homes in a changing climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about t...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to put extra thought into designing these rooms so they consume less, last longer, and help us maintain healthier homes. Durable water resistant surfaces will prevent damage and prevent mold ...

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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...home, choose formaldehyde free cabinetry materials , and healthy, eco-friendly countertops , healthy zero-vox paints . Read more in the Ecohome building guide, North America's trusted resource for green home building . Thanks to our sponsors: Venmar NuTone Broan

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...home with a reference home of similar size in a similar climate. Typical Energuide ratings: 0 to 50 Older homes, very poor performance 51 to 65 Older homes that have had upgrades 66 to 74 Homes built to provincial building codes 75 to 79 Energy efficient new homes 8 0 to 90 New homes built for extremely hig...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

...durability issues helps create a home with the greatest chance of withstanding whatever nature can throw at it. Dowload the LEED for Homes Durability Evaluation Form. This is the same document as the checklist, all the forms you will need for a LEED project are accessible through tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet...

LEED Homes

Getting Started

...durability risk assessment form outlining possible durability issues in your region, including measures taken to address them, and a checklist of completed durability measures. Once your files and inspections are completed, it is verified and sent to the CaGBC for final approval. From that point processing and final ...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...homework will give you a leg up in negotiations. Now you know about what to look for when shopping for a home. Find more about home maintenance and renovations in the EcoHome Green Building Guide and in the following pages: See LEED and Passive House ready prefab eco homes For Canada and the US Ho...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Durability planning: Complete the Durability Risk Evaluation Form to identify all moderate and high-risk durability issues for the building enclosure. 2.2 Durability managemen t: The builder must have a quality management process in place to ensure all durability measures have been successfully met. Sustainable...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...durability, air quality and natural lighting are cornerstones of both sustainable housing and good quality of life. Automated home systems like those found in both Beachaus homes can be more than just cool toys, they can optimize the performance of your home. Having an Ipad control centre that allows you to remotely ...