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The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...Homes - see here , to read more about how to choose between a HRV & ERV ventilation system - see here , both from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website , EcoHome.net.

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...Energy website is championed by Lumos Energy, Clean Energy Advisor and Mentor to Indigenous communities across Canada. Lumos Energy brings extensive experience and innovative strategies to clean energy project development generating a suite of social and economic benefits for Indigenous communities and peoples. We are ...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...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...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...energy consumption, though increased insulation will probably be the best option in most cases. The Big Picture: Energy While insulation R-values are important, what really matters is energy consumption. To assess the impact of different roof insulation types on whole building energy performance, energy modelling w...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...ENERGY STAR appliances for homes How to grow microgreens in your home How to reduce climate impact with green food choices Low-emission commuting choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - a...

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...home? It's a great way to distinguish yourself from competitors. Having built a LEED certified home gives you credibility with future clients, whether they choose to certify their homes or not. Homebuyers are increasingly asking about health issues and operational costs when making home purchases. LEED Certified home...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy for heating and cooling, and in some respects, how durable it will be. The transfer of heat (or heat loss) occurs in 3 ways: conduction , convection and radiation . W...

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...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...Home Insulation, How Much do I need & Where? Think of the heat in your home as if it were water behind a dam , and that insulation levels were the concrete wall of the dam. Would you choose the height of that concrete wall randomly, or would want an even level of concrete to hold back as much water as possible? You c...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres per day, and 150 litres per person per day in France. Hopefully, as we see the beginnings of water shortages hit closer to home, this serious issue will garni...