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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...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...live roof (green roof). This gave us a deep cavity for insulation, with Roxul batts totalling R95. 5. The height of the south wall along with the large openings to facilitate natural light and passive solar heat gain meant the headers we needed were massive, making these walls absolutely un-liftable by mere humans, s...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...green building circles, but all across the globe. The need is urgent, the products are improving and the prices are dropping. So what used to be a niche market is now somewhat mainstream, and a greater market share always leads to competition and innovation. Advances in the industry and high prices for grid-fed power...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...live or do a search by clicking here if in the USA and for EVSE or EV charger rebates & incentives in Canada, click here . So now you know all about EV home chargers or EVSE's , read about The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You here, in the Ecohome Guides on North America's favorite Sustainable gre...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. For help choosing the most Eco-friendly rigid foam insulation panels, see here . 'We have been doing it now for so long that we really can't find better materia...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Green Building Guides A green building video series on our website And the EcoHome Green Building YouTube channel . More about LEED V4 certification More about Passive House design More about Passive Solar Design If you would like to try a LEED Platinum V4 home before deciding to build one, and you'd like...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...green labelling and provides continuity with the over one million Canadian homes that have been labelled using ERS to date. 2. Focus on energy performance and commoditization of net zero energy homes The pilot will focus on energy performance, though it will also make use of the 2014 R-2000 Standard’s five pick lis...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are powering your home with clean renewable energy. For example, 95% of the power used in Quebec is largely fed by hydroelectric generation. Despite the enormous destruction and...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...green lifestyle choices in these pages : Why to choose HE and ENERGY STAR appliances for homes How to grow microgreens in your home How to reduce climate impact with green food choices Low-emission commuting choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Find more about g...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...live, estimates range from 10 to 15 years. The environmental benefits however, are instant. update: there is a new solar thermal water heater with overheating protection that is worth looking at if you are exploring solar thermal water heaters. Quebec has very low power rates so there’s less of a financial incentiv...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...live cause you anxiety; you won't be using much at all. Any electricity premium you might pay for that slight amount of suplimentary heat is more than compensated for in savings on the purchase and installation of heat distribution systems. Resilient Design Durability strategies, beginning with an above ground slab...