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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

...homes are more affordable and eco-friendly that large homes, but are tiny homes on wheels green? Read here to find out if Tiny Houses are good for the environment . It seems somewhat contradictory for an environmentally conscious person to be dragging a tiny home behind a massive gas-guzzling truck, even more so if i...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...home owners over the last few decades , but as it is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the USA & Canada, it is quickly becoming a household term. Many newer homes will have radon barriers and vents but the question remains of how to deal with high levels of radon in existing homes with no mitig...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...homes . Find more pages about sustainable construction and how to reduce emissions on the pages below and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Take a closer look at the range of prefab eco homes available here If an affordable prefab Rancher style eco homes on one level are more suitable, see here fo...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...home to collect heat from the sun . Passive cooling means providing natural shading to cool a home (such as deciduous trees, awnings or sun shades) . Passive heating and cooling using diagram © EcoHome As the word 'passive' indicates, there is virtually nothing that will require maintenance or repair. However...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and speed of job completion, as well as to prevent squeaking between flooring and joists, for example. Functionally speaking, caulking is used to prevent moisture and air infiltration, but it is al...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...homes over the last couple of decades, and the old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, fiberglass insulation and polyethylene doesn't measure up anymore with building codes, nor the trend towards high performance housing. One aspect of wall assemblies that is garnering some well deserved attention lately is how we control t...

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...

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 .

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

Siding Installation The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding or siding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to allow interior control layers (ie. the building envelope) to do their jobs without...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...homes. How Aerobarrier works: Using standard blower-door testing equipment, a house is pressurized to between 50 and 100 Pascals. Aerosol nozzles are placed through the home which then spray Aerobarrier water-based liquid acrylic sealant. The elastic particles in Aerobarrier are non-toxic and low in VOCs; they also...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation combinations to minimize building 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 bu...