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Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...home wisely. Stove hoods : Run them at as low a speed as you can where they still do the job properly. Performance rating systems like LEED require fans to have maximum CFM (cubic feet per minute) as part of the home efficiency score. And put lids on pots! Your water will boil faster and emit less water vapour, red...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...efficiency , energy efficient home design and all you need to know to build sustainable healthy homes in the Ecohome green building guide pages.

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...energy efficiency and renewable energy research. Ecohome will summarize and deliver this valuable information to our readers. Quite often there is a chasm separating those conducting research from those in the field who would greatly benefit from the research conclusions and we are hoping to bridge that gap. This fir...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...home air quality, we find the idea that putting specific plants in specific rooms for added benefit to be particularly amusing, given the air movement in homes due to ventilation equipment. Do house plants purify the air in a home? No, they do not. An ideal HVAC design for homes would include a ventilation in...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...energy efficiency or long term durability. If you have to replace something fairly soon after installation, you aren't saving money and resources. Whatever used materials you are considering, collect stock as far ahead of time as you can so you can plan for any changes that might need to be made to accommodate unusua...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Home "How to Seal Windows & Doors correctly" video Guide at the bottom of the page. Stopping Air Leakage around Doors & Windows High Efficiency buildings like LEED certified, Passive House, ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Energy & Atmosphere (EA) 1.1 Performance: Your home must achieve a minimum energy performance rating of ERS (EnerGuide) 76 or HERS (Home Energy Rating System) 80. This will be determined during the compulsory energy rating blower door test. 11.1 Refrigerant charge test: If your home has an air conditioning syst...

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 .

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...efficiency. Another possible downside would be added noise. An interior compressor can be a bit noisier, so be careful about where you install them to make sure they don't pollute your home with egregious decibels. Also, as mentioned above, they are only as efficient as the air you offer them. If the energy grid in...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...efficiency and LEED, Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready prefab and modular home kits for sale from the Ecohabitation organization in Quebec, including affordable prefab Rancher style eco homes here for the Abri range .. Learn more about Prefab Homes As one of our founders Mike Reynolds says in the Ecohome trai...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...efficiency solar air panels could feed air directly into their existing in-floor duct work. They welcomed the challenge and engineered the system that will be the main heat source of our new (as close as we can get it to ) Zero Energy home . Needless to say that we will be incorporating high efficiency insulation and a...