Home rating system / Guides

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...home For reference sake, the traditional 6mil polyethylene vapour barrier has a permeability rating of 3.4 ng, making it about 18 times more vapour resistant than building codes allow. The permeability of EPS can be handy at times if you want to add insulation to an existing wall assembly but are worried about tr...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...system for treating and storing rainwater, though out of necessity Reynolds reinvented that system using plastic pipes, filters, plants and huge plastic cisterns. Kudos to him, that was a brilliant move to supply water to a home in a desert. But it is completely pointless in most remote areas of Canada and results in u...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement 'Smart' sewage backup flood prevention devices & Alarms Rainwater management & water-permeable landscaping Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecoho...

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

...homes for Climate Change: Anticipating future climatic challenges and constructing resilient buildings to withstand them should be an important consideration when building any new 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 bu...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...rating systems. Performance requirements include net zero energy, water and waste, measured after a full year of operation only. LBC is broken down into 7 performance areas, which are then subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, all of which are mandatory. The following is only brief look at what you have ahea...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...rating patient recovery rates, improving worker productivity and slashing energy bills. These claims were made ahead of last month's World Green Building Week, an annual event that brings together sustainable development leaders from all over the globe. The aim of the event is to demonstrate how sustainable build...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...rating system, and Ecohome’s Edelweiss project has become the first LEED v4 certified project in Canada – earning Platinum in late September. LEED v4 projects are held to a higher standard, with an even more rigorous approach to sustainability throughout their life-cycle and an increased focus on the health and wellnes...