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Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...home in a cold climate, see other Tiny house designs such as the Tiny Tack Hous e , Built-in storage designs for small spaces , Coach houses , Laneway houses , and learn if Tiny Houses are Good for the Environment in the first place! Learn all about Sustainable Green Home Building in the Ecohome Building Guide Pages .

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?

...homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (2x more...

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?

...homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (2x more...

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.

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...designs for highly-efficient homes from the 70's, especially some of the passive solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage of large water tanks for thermal mass, ' Earthships ' with greenhouses inside the home, and more. There was a great deal of experimentation going on in building innov...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...home, and rightly or wrongly the surface finish is what drives perceptions about the quality of the home. With siding though, it's important to remember that beauty is more than skin deep. Depending on the profile of your site and design of your home, gaining access to some higher parts for the siding installation mi...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...home for years. That alone makes the case for antiquing if you have a fat wallet, or garage sale trolling if you don't. Formaldehyde in furnishings will evaporate over time, so for that reason alone, the older the better. The first few years are the worst for off-gassing. 3. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets Mass-produ...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...homes are constructed are light-grade at best, and based on climatic conditions that no longer exist; this was the time when your basic home design was created. Note: the main image above is of Ecohome's Kenogami House, which was called ' The Most Resilient Home in North America' by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resili...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...home water efficiency , low flow showerheads , Greywater heat recovery and all you need to know about sustainable and high performance home construction in the building guide pages of Ecohome, North America's online source for Green building guidance. Information for this article was compiled from the following sourc...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...homes and windows see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website

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 ...