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How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...homes, so getting the choice of window right is important . They give us natural light, a way to ventilate the home without depending on mechanical systems, a means of emergency exit, and they offer an alternative way to heat homes free of charge through passive solar heating . But they are also holes in our wall struc...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guides . Choose Formaldehyde-free cabinets for your green kitchen © Ecohome Beautiful non-toxic Custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome Custom green kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ec...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...homes of pregnant women, young children and newborns, and anyone with respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities . Their Kunos oil is also approved for contact with food, so it is a great choice for sealing cutting boards or butcher-block counters , not to mention children’s toys - despite being inedible, they usuall...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...home rather than going door-to-door in a development, any monetary savings from choosing drywall over wood will probably become less noticeable, especially when building a certified Green Home with eco-friendly drywall. Reclaimed river wood installed on ceiling © Ecohome Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ce...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...home upgrades. On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada ), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notification if what you are looking for becomes available in your region. This saves usable building materials from ending up in ...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are less humid than the basement. All that ground moisture will be continually sucked into the concrete and will then often cause fungus and mold issues in your batt ...

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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...Home Guide to High Performance wall construction here And watch the Video Guide to high performance wall construction and insulation here Both from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...Home would always choose a well insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation over a Basement when building a home. It's also important to understand how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation . WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only con...

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...

Green building certifications

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

...home look forward to featuring not only the winners, but other homes that stand out in design and performance. From SAB's website: The Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, exist...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Homes of Carp, Ontario designed and built Canada's first Energy Star labelled home in Canada. This home was built with dense-packed (or dense-blown) cellulose as the wall insulation of choice. Their intent was to produce a better built home with the goal of creating "a proper balance between additional efficiency and p...