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Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...home build comes down to effective and timely project management, not just the skill of the building professionals who help to build your new dream sustainable home. The market for building high-performance sustainable homes is changing rapidly, so it is never too early to find out what is trending in green home cons...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...insulation, and differ from windows on the south which have been selected for maximum heat gain. see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building ...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...home lighting . Additional attic insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation © Ecohome Attic insulation: The most crucial place to ensure proper insulation for energy saving and money saving is your roof. Older homes may have insufficient insulation and a lot have none. ...

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?

...Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes Écohabitation the French language Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are ab...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...Homes How to stay on budget when building a home Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green prefab kit home which is ideal for Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Ma...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...insulation forms, interior floor insulation and reinforcement mesh as per engineering specifications. If you are installing in-floor radiant heating, be sure to have it designed by engineer to properly locate the heating delivery system so as not to affect the structural integrity of the slab. Raft slab Installat...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it makes sense. Use old boards as strapping as long as there are enough, that they are of good quality, and they are cons...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...home building professionals or homeowners by Passive House & LEED trained engineers to provide a clear sense of how their homes will perform, and where improvements are best made to save money and energy - a balanced approach to building better homes accessible to all. A typical home in Canada or colder climate zones i...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...Home ? Even as the homebuying habits in the US & Canada have begun to favor more efficient and sustainable homes, we still have a long way to go in terms of making quality homes easier to identify. In Europe, they have introduced mandatory home-energy labeling for new homes and resales – similar to the label you’d ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...insulation to stop warm, moist air from condensing on a cold surface inside your wall. In cold climates like Canada, for most of the year the vapor barrier should be on the inside of the insulation. In hot climates like the southern U.S. for example, vapor barrier should be installed on the outside of the insulation,...

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?

...homes. That, right there, is the concept of geothermal heating in a nutshell. GSHPs also work in reverse to cool your home, which is an important factor in the efficiency of the system - while cooling your home in summer you are warming the ground for the next heating season. Whichever system you choose - air or ground...