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Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...durability in product specification Construction Phase, including product optimization and collection of wasted materials Operation Phase, including a collection plan for consumables and durables End of Life Phase, including a plan for adaptable reuse and deconstruction. Equity - 3 Imperatives 16) Human sca...

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...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...Home's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor that delivers solar heated water in the summer months. This and all you need to know about high performance home building can be found in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages.

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 ...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...durability. Wood is much lighter by volume than both concrete and steel, it is easy to work with and very adaptable on site. It is durable, results in less thermal bridging than its counterparts and easily incorporates prefabricated elements. Its structural performance is very high and its compressive strength is sim...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with better ventilation like HRV's or ERV's or air conditioning. There is also much more understanding of how buildings work and why walls can fail in a home with air conditioning, even when built to code . For example, if a ho...

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

...durability and home resale value to consider. Most roof-mounted solar panels (when properly installed) are rated to withstand as much as 140 mile per hour winds, which is great, and is even a bit higher than the Telsa solar roof. But, the asphalt shingles beneath and around those panels can often only handle 90 mile ...

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

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

...home There are many different potential wall assemblies, and many products with different characteristics that can be used in different cases. For the sake of simplicity and not getting off on a bunch of tangents, in this article we will stick with the bread and butter wall assembly we all know - a stud wall with e...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...home Forms need to be well-secured to avoid a blow out, including lots of braces to hold the weight of the concrete so forms don't bend. Three runs of 2x6's easily held concrete and insulation, and after forms were removed, that wood was used for framing. Slab-on-grade forms © Ecohome 3. Plumbing and mech...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...homes , learn more about framing timber for homes in the specific Guide Section devoted to Wood & Organic Materials for high efficiency home construction here, or read all about eco-friendly Hemp Furniture Board here , or check out our Guide page about wood-frame construction or even find out about beautiful Shou sugi ...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...Home Guide to High Performance wall construction here And watch the Video Guide to high performance wall construction and insulation here Both from the EcoHome Green Building Guides