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Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...resilience in home design. Beyond just homes, 'resilience' can in a way describe a lifestyle, or perhaps a life philosophy. Sure, 'green' homes can help save the planet, but some of them may also save the individual. Predictions for the future vary from the ignorantly blissful to the apocalyptic, so it's hard to say ...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...home that would keep his family safe no matter what nature threw at it. He sought the input of Ecohome and its Quebec counterpart, Ecohabitation , and together they set out to create a net-zero-energy home in this harsh climate. Along with engineer Denis Boyer, architect Lucie Langlois, and the director of Ecohome and ...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...home battery systems: In the earlier days of off-grid home construction and home power storage, the only home battery option on the market was the lead/acid variety. The unfortunate realities of their size, cost, lifespan, material composition and lack of recyclability made installing one less of a noble gesture and ...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...home makes far more financial sense than even just a few years ago. When thinking about the long-term return on investment, in some cases it can actually be on par or an even more affordable option than what is offered by local utilities. Much of the appeal of private power generation is resilience and personal secur...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...homes: Our society has a collective trust in its commercial building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very minor extent. Assuming the climate putters along with relative normalcy, your home will keep you warm, dry and powered-up w...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise efficient energy systems and an energy efficient building envelope N - Non-toxic - creating a healthy interior living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a hom...

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...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...resilience through the design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities. Analyzing how individual LEED credits support regional adaptation needs, such as enhanced water conversation in arid climates and water-sensitive regions. Demonstrating how consideration of climate resilience in buildings can i...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...home and condo owner run out and purchase a generator, nor are we suggesting you stockpile ammo for an impending zombie apocalypse. This is about sensible risk management and listing available options. Home Batteries: Many people who have photovoltaic solar arrays also have batteries to store power in emergencies, ev...

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...