Live green / Guides

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...Greenhouse gas emissions: The way the grid operates is that your home is effectively fed by the closest power source. Meaning, if you live next to a nuclear power station or a gas or coal plant, that is how your house is powered. If you live closer to a hydroelectric dam, solar farm or a windmill, you are already a c...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Keep Families Safer
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...Live traps work well if you prefer to catch and release (far from your home). The live traps that are available commercially are usually a small box with a triggered door that can hold one mouse. Getting the mouse out can sometimes be challenging, especially for the squeamish. My favourite is a homemade trap that can...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website , EcoHome.net.

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...green homes means radon now collects in homes at higher concentrations and it has become a greater health concern. Radon is colorless and odorless and can be present in any home without humans being able to realize or detect it. Radon gas exists everywhere, but some regions have much higher concentrations than others...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...greener than a lot of the 'green' homes that lie outside of urban centers. Downtown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. But there is no denying the fact that the housing density and shared resources of urban centers will be the best way to reduce your personal carbon footprint if t...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...live and how well they are built. Small homes are more affordable and eco-friendly that large homes, but are tiny homes on wheels for sale locally green? Read here to find out if Tiny Houses are good for the environment . It seems somewhat contradictory for an environmentally conscious person to be dragging a tiny ho...

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

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

...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 airborne pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, viruses & protect indoor air quality in eco homes &...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...live with a more traditional look of trims, but regardless of how much you use it, try to find brands that are VOC-free. VOCs will continue to release toxic fumes for years after application. Water-based sealants and adhesives will be less toxic, and while silicone has a heavy ecological footprint in production, it's...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

Following on from our predictions for green construction in 2020 , Dodge Data & Analytics just released the findings of a landmark study on prefab and modular construction . The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report (download below) was published with the support of Bradley Corp., the Modular...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...green home has a triple-glazed window along 36' of wall © Studio MMA As an option, this prefabricated home can be customized to the preferences of the client and delivered in turnkey specification, including; walls and ceilings with plasterboard finish for thermal mass, kitchen island and cabinets in low VOC & form...