How to design a green home / Guides

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...assive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool with natural shading in the summer. See more about Solar Batteries, how to store passive solar heat , Passive House Design & Certification in Canada or America , or f...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...arn about What Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Incentives are available to help you pay for those! And don’t forget commuting - there are Electric Vehicle Rebates as well as Solar Panels Financing from Tesla . Learn all about Green Home c...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...at is accessible to all of us. And just because someone has been building homes for a couple of decades does not automatically mean they understand all the issues of durability and home performance. Architects, designers and technologists: Another avenue is to begin with a home designer who has a experience with pe...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...ands, provide urban green space and mitigate storm water flows in urban areas. See our DIY Green roof installation video here. In a statement issued by the Canada Green Building Council, President and CEO Thomas Mueller stated: "I am very proud of how far we’ve come; it is a testament to the growth of the Canadia...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...ancial assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontario): Originally developed by the Alberta Home Builder’s Association, Built Green is a Canadian-developed rating system administered by Built Green Canada, a private not-for-profit organization. Similar to LEED for Homes, it covers a wide range of ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...a green and electrically-powered home, there is always the option of a Zero Energy Ready home that has the infrastructure installed already. That is an affordable way to prepare now for a cheaper and easier transition in the future where you can also add solar photovoltaic panels or roofs and battery storage. Switchi...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...ar that these pods go beyond functional into the realm of artistic design. Functionality Each Archipod is fitted with an ergonomically semicircular desk that is 2' 4" deep with a curved length of 10' 2" and is available in a range of colours and finishes. Custom drawer units, shelves and seating are also available ...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...an aspect that you are really not familiar with, you can always find a subcontractor on your own to get past intimidating hurdles. To learn more about Green building design basics , how to stay on budget while building a home , visit the Ecohome green building guide pages at North America's Green building design webs...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave material selection to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually available at the average big box store. Buying materials yourself is an option, but general contractors will often have preferential rates due to continuing r...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...as to design and build a home for a family of 4 that is fun, comfortable to live in, aesthetically pleasing and would produce all of its own energy. A design parameter we enforced upon ourselves was that all mechanical equipment had to be simple, locally accessible and able to be installed by local trades people. A s...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...al Architects PARA-SOL, and an accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the controlled atmosphere of a manufacturing facility are not subject to time delays due to weather, they generate less material waste than site...