LEED / Guides

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...LEED Home: To put in perspective how easy it would be to cut our consumption in half, the Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House has low flow-faucets, toilets and showerheads and therefore consumes about 60% less water than a conventional home that size, and you have no idea that it's even happening! So how much ...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...LEED-certified homes in the Saguenay region for 7 years but was previously doing general construction in the Montreal region since 1985. Interest in resilience driven by natural disasters Alain had lived through two traumatic events in Quebec: first the Saguenay Flood of July 1996, which was Canada’s first billion-...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...LEED 2009 and achieve a point in the Sourcing of Raw Materials Pilot ACP under LEED v4. This is an extra reason why Ecohome used FSC certified lumber in the exceptional Edelweiss LEED Platinum certified house project. Eligibility for LEED points for certified lumber In order to achieve a LEED point, the user must v...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...LEED for Homes rating system due to performance and a more moderate environmental impact than other window frames. Fibreglass is made from silica sand which is readily available and recyclable. Cons: There really aren't a lot of negatives except for cost, as you will have to pay more for fibreglass. But as it is on...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...LEED for Homes program. Radon gas is the second greatest cause of lung cancer after smoking. Rather than using the typical 6 mil polyethylene as a sub-slab vapour barrier, we used a 10 mil barrier and a radon evacuation stack to lower radon gas levels in homes, research shows (see below) that thicker membranes offer ...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...

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...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...LEED V4 Platinum Home which has exceptional air quality. To ensure toxins were kept to a minimum we used Natura zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded. Some paint companies will offer zero VOC paint but neglect to tell you that there are other dangerous chemicals...

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...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...LEED certified homes. Slab on Grade Foundation © Yanni Milon for Ecohome Sacrifices, challenges and solutions: In order to be able to make an informed decision about this type of foundation, there are several precautionary steps that must be taken and challenges to be addressed. Your state...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...LEED standards , and even turn-key prefab homes that have successfully achieved LEED Platinum certification . Pre-fab walls can seriously speed up the building process, and reduce waste as well. Simply find a quality manufacturer, and if you send them your plans, they send you completed wall sections including all your...