How to install windows / Guides

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...to get delivery and pricing information A pipe with an aeration section is inserted from top to bottom in the well. A steady source of air is introduced into this aeration tube effectively lifting water from the bottom of the well to create an aerated flow of water onto the top of the water level of the well itse...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...to the South so that the house is not shaded from the sun. Extensions on the roof to keep snow off the solar collectors. A walkway below the solar collectors to service them. Notice the snow collected on the walkway. Changes to the house: The first two years the house was used as a demonstration house to show w...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...to achieve through conventional air-sealing techniques. According to Patrick Rouleau, "this is a great technique for someone who wants to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The important thing is for the customer to contact us as soon as possible so that we can together determine the appropriate time to per...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...to R13 or even lower, depending on the amount of studs. The true or 'effective' R value of a wall is further impacted by the quality and amount of windows you install. If you ran an energy simulation model to find out how well a wall would perform but you neglected to calculate thermal bridges, you would be trying to...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...to the heat input you would get from an electric stove, a hair dryer, a toaster or even an electric heating pad around a sore neck. How any of these devices or appliances deliver heat will have some impact on efficiency, but that has more to do with how well it is distributed. Heating your entire home with electric...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...to charging stations (not to mention the best range batteries), because their highway charge stations can power up at about 600 km per hour. I live in Quebec, just outside of Ottawa, and I drove to Toronto with no problem. Just by stopping for a half hour for lunch, you can pick up another 300 km of range. How do I f...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves: Most pellet stoves require power to feed the hopper. You could rig up a small PV solar panel to run it; optionally, there are a couple of models of pellet stove that don't use electric tha...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...to a shipping container. Cork panelling is hypoallergenic, warm to the touch, makes controlling dust & dustmites easy, and if you choose the right cork wall panels and install them with the right products, it doesn't off-gas toxins into our homes either - contributing to better and healthier interior air quality - maki...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...to Alain Hamel for having the drive and determination to raise the bar on home performance to new levels. With this landmark build behind us, we now present the challenge to all builders to be the first to build a cold climate house that relies exclusively on the sun for its heat. Free to the first builder to successfu...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...total carbon footprint of 61 tons. That means a savings of over 50 tons of carbon that will not be released into the atmosphere with this house. Architects, engineers & home designers, if you don't know about it yet, see the free-to-use EC3 tool, an online carbon calculator to determine the carbon emissions of a home...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...to ram dirt into some 800+ tires with a sledge hammer. Unless you have a year to kill and plan to fill those tires yourself, you will either need to pay someone to do it or have a small army of volunteers, which is how most Earthships seem to be built. This is a very powerful brand and there are no shortage of people...