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What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Homes - 10 Tips Energy audits help identify easy home energy efficient upgrades that can save money. What is home energy modelling? Home energy mo...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Homes & LEED certified homes. Slab on Grade Foundation © Yanni Milon for Ecohome Sacrifices, challenges and solutions: In order to b...

Understanding sound transmission in homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

...home. The amount of noise you hear in your home depends on the amount of noise your neighbour makes, the sound-transmitting properties of the building, and th...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...insulation and a properly designed home for passive solar heat gains, it is even possible to safely heat your home during the coldest days of winter with only a...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home . There are,...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...home - but we're often told that "a Green Home costs more", and too many people then decide in the face of resistance from regular home builders that a new home...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity , most often in bathr...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here . or post 3 in the off-grid homes blog here . This off-grid home design began with the basic principles of pa...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if possible, has glazing oriented to the south for passive heat gain . Energy efficiency, insulation...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...home. Somewhere between R5 and R10 under a slab tends to be what we typically see now, yet energy modeling shows that additional insulation will have a relative...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...homes can rot walls because of the condensation they may cause. This is why if you have a newer home with a vapor barrier, you may be better waiting until the e...