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Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...live around the corner. I just like to get a little saucy when I crop-dust my fellow green builders with a contentious topic. If we were able to find greener foam blowing agents ( spray foam is already transitioning to lower GHG blowing agents; read more here ), then you solve a big part of the problem. If we capture...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...green building products are continually becoming easier to find, and quickly dropping in price. 2. Renovating If you have either the skills to do it yourself or the patience to live in a mess for a bit, this can be a more affordable way to break into the housing market. You can increase the value of your home while...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...green space is being built to offer habitat for songbirds that live near the water. The waterfront will all be publicly accessible with walking and biking trails, along great access to an existing a public pier. The resulting development will be able to handle a once in 200 year storm, based on the expected sea lev...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...lived a greener lifestyle and inspired us to do the same. Now, many years later, it is our turn to close this circle and inspire others. Editors note: Below are the jury comments about the project from the Canadian Green Building Awards: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification that is bot...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor ai...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Buildin...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Green building begins at the design phase, and this category encourages builders to put together their building team early and involve them in the design process. It is here that regional issues and home durability is addressed, and building orientation is determined to maximise passive solar gains. Locations & Linka...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...green building at Ecohome, North America's green building website .

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...greens at home Microgreens are the early shoots of the leafy greens or vegetables we normally grow and eat; the difference being that they are harvested before the plant has matured. Some microgreen plants can be the same as the sprout seeds growing in your window; the difference being that they are seeded in soil ra...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...Green Home Building Guidance at Ecohome, North America's trusted Green Home Building Website .