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Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY so...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes which incorporate the following. Triple-glazed windows (2x more...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...home here This LEED Platinum home is warm & inviting with cork floor, reclaimed wood ceiling & zero-VOC Kitchen © Ecohome The reclaimed wood doors give the Edelweiss LEED platinum home extra points and some added charm © Ecohome Roo...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...homes have an exceptionally healthy indoor air quality . Passive Solar Homes: leading by design The spectacular picture window in this model range of high-performance prefab homes is just over 36 feet long , and optimized for passive solar gain . This results in significant energy savings for this model of home ove...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...home builder: 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

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...home energy-efficiency has a multitude of benefits, with the most notable being that you get a more energy-efficient home that saves you money . An energy-efficient home is a more durable home, a durable home lasts longer, requires less maintenance and has a higher resale value. What homeowner wouldn’t applaud their go...

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

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...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 exactly how th...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...homes built in the 1940s and 50s, which is a lot of living space considering family size has dropped from an average of over 5 people per home a generation ago to under 3 people per home today. Compare that to Tiny House builders that are producing fully-functioning homes that are as little as 100 square feet, probab...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...solar panels. Hats off to the designers, this would be a pretty sweet place to call home. See more Tiny Houses Here in the EcoHome Green Home Building Guides For more information check out the Fincube website .Photos courtesy of Meraner Hannes, Florian Berger, Steffen Jänicke The Fincube Tiny Home...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...homes that are typically built, as housing developers rely on building code minimum standards to determine efficiency. As performance isn't always high on the radar of home buyers, builders make more money that way, but leave homeowners with unnecessarily high heating bills for the rest of their lives. In contrast, a...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...home's Passive Solar Index program (PSI) of energy modelling designs from the benchmark of complete passive solar heating, this is not a rigid target. Depending on climate and other considerations (such as with the Kenogami House), achieving zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your...