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Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Green Building guide pages to learn how to install an air barrier , airtight window installation , how to choose a weather resistant barrier (WRB) , or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our DIY Green Home Building video series .

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 .

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...Green Building Guide pages about green lifestyle choices that can reduce your personal carbon footprint and aid in mitigating climate change. Low-emission commuting choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Free online tool for calculating the carbon footprint of buildings Find ...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts. up to expectations. Story update: With Tesla's announcement of their $2.2 billion acquisition of Solar City came another teaser about the solar roof - still nothing solid but it did start another media blitz; go Elon! We still don't know a price, but originally they said it would be comparable to a conventiona...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system.

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...greens: As little as 3-4 hours of sun per day for baby greens. Mustard greens can often become overwhelmingly strong if grown in full sun to full size! Partial shade helps these leaves remain delicately spicy - perfect for salad. Green onions (scallions) : 3 hours + of sun per day. These onions will do well in partia...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces safely - so radon mitigation works! First step, find out if you have a radon gas problem by having the air in your home tested. A radon testing kit is not very expensive and should be available through your municipality, state, or via a reputable radon testing kit brand online . You usually need to put a radon t...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...greenhouse for growing ornamental plants or perhaps food, that presents even greater concerns. A greenhouse full of plants will have high levels of relative humidity, and to allow that environment to mix with that of the rest of your conditioned space will increase the overall humidity levels in your home, for an idea ...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates 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...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction Increased levels are recommended for more northern regions. Please see our pages on sub-slab insulation for more details. Roxul mineral wool exterior foundation insulation © Roxul Exterior EPS or mineral wool: Neither are harmed by moisture. With care they can be largely held in place ag...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space? your dream. A homeowner relaxing in his crawlspace. Or wait, maybe spelunking, it's often hard to tell the difference. What’s more durable, a slab on grade or crawlspace? If you read anywhere online that they are comparable in terms of durability or functional life span, then close that window and open a...