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Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...indoor and outdoor temperature is so extreme in winter that positive pressure will force warm, humid air from inside your house out through the tiniest of openings in your walls where it can condense and deposit moisture causing mold and wood rot deep in the structure. The causes of air pressure differences: The on...

Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green home livable to you?

...indoor comfort, pets, friends and family, storage, personalization, flexibility, creative spaces, and spaces that replace the single-family garage [gear/tool storage and work space]. The most frequent themes cited in the responses were flexible spaces, natural light and access to nature. Using Watson Analytics, senti...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...indoor air quality all at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...indoor environments and offer 30 to 70% in energy savings over homes built to provincial & state code. Because it is the most well-recognized certification program, LEED homes can have access to reduced mortgage rates, reduced home insurance rates and often municipal tax relief. At times of resale they command on ave...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...indoor air quality here: Smart homes & devices - energy efficient automated home design Choosing better home furnace filters to help stop virus spread 'Smart' sewage backup and flood prevention devices How to maintain healthy indoor air quality Find more about green home construction in th...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...indoor air quality for occupants. Comfort and quality of life for residents should always be a top priority for home design, and the good news is that healthy, comfortable homes usually mean sustainable and efficient homes . This architect-designed, contemporary and eco-friendly kit house not only feels spacious, bri...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...indoor/outdoor deck, creating a haven away from the wind and allowing an intimate family area that extends the living space into the garden. Much more than just a beautiful face, designed from the outset to stringent LEED ® certification standards, and with the possibility of adapting to a Zero Energy Ready home, the...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...indoor air quality, and it will satisfy building inspectors who are not accustomed to seeing a wall without a vapour barrier and may not allow you to continue. Radon gas prevention and remedial insulation in basements © Ecohome Note: the above diagram shows an ideal and complete basement renovation beginning wi...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...indoor air quality and landfills. Find more pages about sustainable construction below and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . How to keep indoor air clean and safe during renovations Which rigid foam insulation panels to use where - Polyiso v EPS v Styrofoam & alternatives Why building a sust...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...indoor (and body) temperature, potentially turning an otherwise sleepless night into a restful one. The less heat we bring into our homes, the less heat we need to eject towards our neighbours house, so we all benefit in the end. And as always, if you have any refreshing tips of your own, please share below! To lea...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...indoor air quality (IAQ). When you are making choices, find out the estimated lifespan and what maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Just a note, when you read 'FSC wood', that refers to Forest Stewardship Council , an international certification program that promotes the sustainable and responsible ...