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The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...LEED or ZNE ready Prefab houses are by no means new, but we have seen a few promising looking players show up in the Architect designed prefabricated kit house market , and Google search results indicate this is a quickly growing search term. Prefab kit houses built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing ...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...LEED Platinum Kenogami House , the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , and the LEED Platinum solar air heated S-1600 Wakefield House . What are suspended-film insulating glass windows? What we personally have yet to try, is suspended-film windows (sometimes called suspended coated film windows) but the technology an...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...LEED are a great start, but some other programs that may be on the fringe at the moment like Powerhouse Positive Energy Buildings , Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating or Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. Increased durability and performance measures may a...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

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How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...LEED Net Zero training... we sure loved that! Rufus keeps an eye on Seattle from his favorite windowsill at Amazon - all companies should let dogs come to work... (Hint to the bosses) A footnote during this difficult time We wanted to take this opportunity to convey to our Ecohome members and readers the impo...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...LEED Platinum Edelweiss House How do you do a blower door test? There is no DIY blower door YouTube video to watch; you will need to hire a professional to do it. It starts with all the windows and doors being properly closed, at which point your home is depressurized using a large fan built into a shield that is...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...LEED , Passive House and Zero Net Energy , though the trend was led by improving building efficiency in homes once constructed – better insulation , better air-tightness , more efficient heating , better internal air quality … which is a step in the right direction, but far from the whole solution to better buildings a...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...LEED certified homes for inspiration here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...LEED Certification, is still seen by many as an "elitist" club reserved for the wealthy. In many ways that's why EcoHome designed and built The Edelweiss House - a Passive House Standard, but LEED V4 Platinum certified home built at the same cost as a standard North American home... Read more here. Does a Passive Hou...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...LEED certification or Zero Net Energy due to their outstanding performance. Now you know more about these beautiful shipping container homes designed for warm climates :- Find more pages about Tiny Houses and resilient green building techniques here : Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold clim...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...LEED or Passive House homes : The benefits of coupling air source and water heater heat pumps Comparing ground source (geothermal) and air source heat pumps Video green building guides on the EcoHome YouTube channel