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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...led by Harold Orr, designer of the first modern Passive House that worked , who recently won the Order of Canada for his achievements with Passive Solar design , air-tightness for homes and energy-efficient houses . We at EcoHome salute you Mr Orr, thank you! Where & when did "Passive House" start? The Conservation...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...led through ‘Habitat for Humanity’. Trees/shrubs were transplanted to neighbours during demolition and construction. Over 80% of demolition building waste, such as masonry, lumber, metalwork, and gypsum plaster, was recycled. The site also needed careful attention to prevent erosion during construction, and plans wer...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...led to the ‘first’ final decision I made; I was going to fix the house up and keep the dream alive. That lasted a couple of months until I started planning out how the project would unfold, at which point a feeling of uneasiness started to creep in. I began to see the road that lay ahead, and it was a long one. A more ...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...led to the normal dust and debris that can be found in any home being deposited in these floor ducts, and overtime created a buildup of organic matter. Corroded vent image via Inspectapedia In summertime when systems were inactive, dust-filled ducts embedded in cool, humid concrete floors prov...

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

...led by Ron Swenson, Environmental activist, Inventor & all around great guy, who was subsequently part of the original EcoHome Network and founder of Swenson Solar , Blacktail Solar Homes etc - EcoHome recently enjoyed a reunion of the original "Domies" at UC Davis at the Whole Earth Day celebrations, which we'll be wr...

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

...led suspended coated film windows) but the technology and principal behind them certainly looks interesting, now that the cause of the original failures seems to have been worked out. What suspended-film insulated glass windows do is increase window insulation levels by creating additional hermetically-sealed chamber...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019 . Internationally renowned landmarks as diverse as the Empire State Building, the Maracanã Stadium and Taipei 101 are now LEED-certified spaces that illustrate the impact that su...

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

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

The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resi...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...led over 1,000 projects in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland and California, as well as Singapore and Malaysia.

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...LED lights on passcode keypads, wireless chips, and of course the motor that engages and disengages the deadbolt lock. Bluetooth smart door locks Bluetooth enabled smart door locks are the most common smart locks on the market because they are fairly cheap, easy to install , and after downloading an app onto your p...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...LED bulbs: The price of power keeps rising while the price of efficient bulbs keeps dropping. Efficient bulbs save a lot of energy and money in the long run. See our page all the benefits of efficient home lighting . Additional attic insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation...