Leed points / Guides

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...LEED Platinum home in Canada, he is a co-founder of Ecohome, a LEED for Homes Provider, LEED Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system. Now you know more about home air filters in furnaces and how they can help airbor...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...LEED V4 REQUIREMENTS To support energy efficiency efforts, LEED® Version 4 awards 2 points for monitoring energy and water consumption in real time. The points can be obtained through a monitor that tracks the consumption remotely. Smart home monitors available in Canada/USA: Blue Line Innovations Power Cost Mo...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...LEED points as well. Recycled concrete polished slab © Ecohome There is an often overlooked advantage when you choose a slab over a basement - concrete is very expensive, so the reduced amount of concrete used in a slab along with not needing to install a subfloor and finished flooring product translates into a...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...LEED points qualifying is a great idea), there are three main materials that will determine the health effects and cost of a kitchen: Melamine faced particleboard, MDF or Plywood: These are by far the most commonly used material for the 'carcasses' or the cabinet boxes themselves that go into a kitchen. Generally, wh...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...points of quantifying the actual energy efficiency of the product. The current efficiency of the product is tested according to European standard (DIN 308 / DIBt protocol) and it would be beneficial to establish the same testing protocols as other equivalent products on the market in order to compare them. The loss o...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...LEED certified, Passive House, ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, preferably via an HRV or ERV unit to control the energy losses from essential ventilation . You can read more...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...LEED points in any evaluation. As this is a wood product that has been heavily processed, it is at greater risk of moisture damage than some other materials if not handled and installed properly. But this can be said of many components of a home, and rather than dissuade us from using cellulose, it should encourage u...

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

...points below levels that was already much too high, and someday in the future. That is comically insufficient and darkly amusing at best. Modern society has simply handed the issue to our kids to deal with, as collectively we are unwilling to make any sacrifices ourselves. And as we have committed ourselves to emptyi...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...points in the LEED rating system because it contains high percentages of recycled content. That said, steel manufacturing, even with high levels of recycled content, remains one of the most energy intensive industrial sectors. Yes, but wood means destroying forests! That point is legitimate. Indeed, a cut tree will...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...points of our house, where we aren't. This facilitates an overall lower temperature, without sacrificing comfort. Warm feet are happy feet! Reducing your environmental impact: The slab-on-grade building method reduces your impact on the environment in two different ways: by greatly reducing the amount of CO2 produc...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...points of a political hack, eh? Yeah well, at least in this case it’s true, and, if you allow me to step up on my soap box for a moment I will explain my political hackiness… Stimulate the green home construction industry Green home tax credits and interest-free loans are the best return on investment for governmen...