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Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...home The draw backs of building on a slab on grade: Building your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement storage, a mechanical room on the main floor, and no ability to move plumbing fixtures for future renovations. So how to deal with that? No basement storage: build a shed, or build your sl...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement water damage are among the most common home insurance claims. A lower-maintenance and more reliable solution than a check valve has been developed by a Quebec company called Inflotrolix, with two produc...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...home. For those wishing to reduce their impact during construction and renovations, it’s worthwhile to consider the embodied energy of products and remember that polyurethane requires an input of 14 times more energy to achieve the same thermal performance as hemp. And at the end of life, hemp insulation is reusable ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...home or basement. Compare budget options and special offers for manual humidity meters here (we've tried and like the ThermoPro TP 50) Or if you have a Smart home or are heading that way, See here to compare humidity meters online including smart trackers and alarms and find special offers and reviews Where the m...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will lose at night. For how to choose the best windows for your house, see here . The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood frame windows from Quebec hig...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...renovations and certain commercial applications as well. The truth about fire resistance and wood structures: The combustibility of a building's framing material has little to do with fire safety. Statistics show that the risk of fire is no greater for wood frame homes than for those built with other structural mat...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres per day, and 150 litres per person per day in France. Hopefully, as we see the beginnings of water shortages hit closer to home, this serious issue will garni...

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 on a budget How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages on North America's favorite green building web...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...homeowners money on utilities as well as increase the value of homes that take advantage of the assistance offered. The Home Energy Transparency Coalition applauds the Ontario government for taking a bold step in the fight against climate change. About the Home Energy Transparency Coalition: The Home Energy Transparenc...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...home ready for winter , and you know that Ecohome is North America's free online source of Green Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic , When to replace old windows and when to repair them , How to choose...