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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

...homes for Climate Change: Anticipating future climatic challenges and constructing resilient buildings to withstand them should be an important consideration when building any new home - but we're often told that "a Green Home costs more", and too many people then decide in the face of resistance from regular home bu...

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?

...Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes Écohabitation the French language Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are ab...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home . There are, however, some legitimate drawbacks and challenges that can cause many people to dismiss it completely as a building technique. It seems all of these issues (...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...homes in a changing climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home con...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...home here This LEED Platinum home is warm & inviting with cork floor, reclaimed wood ceiling & zero-VOC Kitchen © Ecohome The reclaimed wood doors give the Edelweiss LEED platinum home extra points and some added charm © Ecohome Roo...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...home build comes down to effective and timely project management, not just the skill of the building professionals who help to build your new dream sustainable home. The market for building high-performance sustainable homes is changing rapidly, so it is never too early to find out what is trending in green home cons...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...home buyers by ensuring there is a bottom rung of performance we don't fall below. So if breaking thermal bridges has now made it into code as a 'must do' practice, then you know the effects are significant. Thermal bridges affect a home's energy performance but they also have health and durability implications by ca...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes Écohabitation the French language Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of stylish & affordable prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are able to meet Passive Hous...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...home’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, 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 p...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...home? How much insulation do I need in green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction ...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...home but I don't want one in mine. The problem with a skylight is that it presents an entirely new series of challenges for a building envelope. New homes have ceiling insulation starting around R40, and finding them as high as R60 and R70 is not that unusual anymore, nor is that much insulation overkill in a really ...