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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 River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...homeowners with valuable insight into the inner workings of their home. This helps the future homeowner understand why one house’s fan, flooring, and air filter leads to improved indoor air quality, which in turn can improve human health, or how more insulation and improved windows can lead to lower energy costs. One...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guides . Choose Formaldehyde-free cabinets for your green kitchen © Ecohome Beautiful non-toxic Custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome Custom green kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ec...

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 ...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...home though, see here . Laminates are still the most affordable kitchen counters on the market, so if you're going for one, search out brands that have made efforts to improve the products they offer. As consumers wise up in the modern age to urgent environmental issues and the importance of healthy air quality in ho...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...home. Lifespan and cost: 12 to 20 years depending on the quality, weather, and debris from surrounding trees. This is the cheapest roofing material for a single installation, but its short lifespan will make it the most expensive choice over the life of a home. 2. Metal roofs: Metal roofing © Ecohome While ...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...home for human comfort, to learn how to carry that out, read here about the importance of balancing insulation , avoiding thermal bridges , and how much insulation a basement needs . The Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages have all the information you need to build healthy, energy-efficient and resilient home s .

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity , most often in bathrooms, kitchens and basements, unless caused by roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold and milde...