Home rating systems / Guides

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...homes in California wildfire zones. To read more about ventilation in Green homes see here , or specifically everything about HRV & ERV systems see here , and to learn why it's a bad idea to put central air conditioning in modern homes with a vapor barrier, see here - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides Whate...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...homes, the approach will focus on homes that can be built today using technologies already available on the market that meet industry standards and regulations. Technologies will be limited to pre-engineered products and systems (e.g. versus custom mechanical systems). This will help ensure that the technologies can be...

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?

...Systems and you will find hundreds maybe thousands of companies using the word "Geothermal" to describe ground source heat pumps, two systems that have only one thing in common: they sit on and in the ground. Even government organizations muddy the story by calling them "geothermal heat pumps." Real Geothermal system...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... *** Hannah West writes professionally for Home Improvement Leed with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to tak...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...Rating (ER): After U-value, SHGC and the various designs and materials listed above, you will be thankful for the Energy Rating (ER) of a window. This breaks down the different ratings and takes into consideration the construction, design, and all performance values of individual windows to give you a rating of betwe...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...home, this is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorat...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Bu...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...home builder: Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco-Friendly than a Basement? - EcoHome Discussions

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 exterior siding needs replacement then installing a continuous rigid panel insulation to the exterior under the finish, along with an ERV or HRV unit for ventila...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...homes , evaluating ahome before buying , finding the right neighbourhood ,and everything you need to know about green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...home energy rating © Ecohome Grants for homeowners to invest in solar and geothermal systems Financial incentives for the purchase of energy efficient houses Establishing a mandatory energy rating for homes (fear not homeowners, inspection budgets will be paid for by the governmentt) Implementing energy retrofit progra...