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Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...home air quality. 5.) Open your windows. Did you know that the inside of a home generally has three to four times the dangerous pollutants and small particles...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...wrap installation © Ecohome Alternatively, we would propose a 'peel and stick' membrane for a much better air seal (as seen in the image below). When a memb...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...wrap; strapping; cement board siding. The ceiling is a mix of Roxul mineral wool batts and cellulose totalling R80, the basement is a mix of EPS foam an...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...home that changes phase at room temperature, you can to a degree, regulate the temperature of your home with no supplemental energy input. That, in layman terms...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

Siding Installation The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding or sid...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...home insulation a new name - Thermal Wrap . "If the Earthship were a gasoline engine, Thermal Wrap and double or triple greenhouses would be fuel injection. I...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...homes , exterior air barrier membranes , how to choose and install WRBs (weather resistant barriers) , and all about sustainable and energy efficient home const...

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

...home, you should air out your home immediately. Some box stores will accept old bulbs. Ultimately though, they should be treated with the same care as other tox...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and 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...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Weather barriers - what they do and how to install them

...wrap or home wrap with staples creates a lot of little holes where air can enter and escape. Also, when exposed to the extreme temperature shifts between summer...

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...Homes all in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages .