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Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...home building professionals or homeowners by Passive House & LEED trained engineers to provide a clear sense of how their homes will perform, and where improvements are best made to save money and energy - a balanced approach to building better homes accessible to all. A typical home in Canada or colder climate zones i...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...homes and zero carbon homes often introduce industrial looks to the interior and exterior aesthetics of homes and commercial buildings, and many are already using gabion walls for structures and even aesthetic accents now. So this may increasingly become a popular building trend as it's certainly easier than trying to ...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...home stays cleaner by not bringing in dirt and hibernating bugs. Wood burning stoves and fireplaces do still add ambiance to any home, making it frankly more "homely", so If you do want a wood burning stove or chimney insert & need to know how to size them or choose the most efficient, see here . If your main motiv...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Homes & LEED certified homes. Slab on Grade Foundation © Yanni Milon for Ecohome Sacrifices, challenges and solutions: In order to be able to make an informed decision about this type of foundation, there are several precautionary steps that must be taken and challenges to be addressed. Yo...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...home size. Smaller homes require less materials to build and less energy to operate. With a bit more thought and creativity on behalf of designers and builders, small homes don't always have to feel that way. Both the city and its builders should be commended for their efforts towards efficient living. The following ...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...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...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...home, and rightly or wrongly the surface finish is what drives perceptions about the quality of the home. With siding though, it's important to remember that beauty is more than skin deep. Depending on the profile of your site and design of your home, gaining access to some higher parts for the siding installation mi...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...homes certification , Passive House , Net Zero Labelled homes and all other Green Home Rating systems in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages .

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...home upgrades and other Green building certification programs such as Net Zero labelled homes and Passive House that may make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives , all in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...sizes and ratios. Minimum pool size recommendations range from 30 to 50 square meters, but we have also seen much smaller pools that function quite well. Depending on design, swimming zones typically comprise 50 to 70% of the total water surface area; the rest is dedicated to filtration. Water is pumped to shallow ...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...home design, and how to heat homes with the heat of sun, see here , for a finely engineered solution to high performance homes check out all you need to know about Passive House certification here from North America's favorite no-nonsense Green Building Website, EcoHome