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The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED checklist and accompanying paperwork, including manuals on all home systems. Once all of the prerequisites are met, the LEED rating system is a fairly adaptable process. Modest sized homes are encouraged, but larger homes can meet certi...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...home in small spaces - 7 top tips Urban farming - a guide to growing edible perennials in your yard How to build a backyard greenhouse in cold climates Find more about green lifestyle choices and home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages and find out about the benefits of a free Ecoh...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...home Guide 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

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...home is monitored in real time by the blower door computer. Depending on the building size, the number of leaks and the client’s desired level of airtightness, the process of installing Aerobarrier in your home or attic room can take from 1 to several hours. Salvatore Ciarlo, Director of Technical Services, National ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...home? How much insulation do I need in green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...home for optimum efficiency Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing formaldehyde and VOC free new furniture How to create a healthy home office with Biophilic Interior Design Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - Also, learn more about ...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... Solar tracker © Ecohome STORY UPDATE: In Canada, the prices for solar panels has been steadily declining while the cost of trackers has remained fairly static. In...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...home energy consumption = 4,018 kWh or 24.95 kWh / [m2/a] Code-built total home energy consumption = 28,228 kWh or 175.3 kWh / [m2/a] [Based on a Hot 2000 modelling software file for the same size, same design, same lot and orientation.] Materials: True-foam Type II and III expanded polystyrene, custom cut ...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...home of 2000 ft² with 4 bedrooms would have a ventilation requirement of about 27 L / s (58 cfm) and 3 pairs of Lunos e² to ensure a sufficient supply of fresh air. For more articles on high efficiency home ventilation systems for Passive House & LEED certified Homes, see here Canadian distrubution: Lunos Canada ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...home heating and energy efficiency solutions in the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - ...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...size here) eg. 223 sq. m. (2,400 sq. ft.) Firebox volume of (insert size here) eg. 0.1 cu. m (3.7 cu. ft.) Efficiency: eg. 78% Average particulate emission rate: eg. 3.9 g/h Choosing the right size of wood stove: Whether you're looking for a built-in wood stove or chimney insert or a freestanding wood stove...