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Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...ing. Exterior insulation will better protect against foundation cracking and interior moisture damage by eliminating the freeze/thaw cycle that a foundation wall insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is a...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...ing food are not necessarily safe for use, as food spills can lead to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...influence of heat and then become fixed into an insoluble and infusible mold; this process is known as thermosetting. Melamine-based thermoset materials contain cross-linked polymers, which make the fixed molds strong and durable. Usually formulated with fillers and pigments, melamine resins can be molded into dishes, ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...ing gospel. Just so you know we are not putting words in his mouth, here is Mike Reynolds speaking a couple of years ago in a video titled 'New Solutions Guide' . The following quote starts, of all places, at about the 4:20 mark. ''Each building is a living breathing cell that is getting everything that its inhabit...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...ineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood flooring usually requires as much work in finishing as it did to install and that’s certainly true if you finish it with polyurethane. applying varnis...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...ings that didn't work, causing things such as mold in homes and massive overheating in the summer. Looking on the internet also meant discovering lots of books and equipment for off-grid living , that is interesting to browse through. While there were a lot of interesting ideas here, clearly I was going to need fur...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...in my bones. For the first time, I was trying to lift something with my own hands, instead of just making relatively easy lifestyle choices or pointing fingers at government. But others still carry most of the weight. Building a sustainable house is our small contribution, and nothing I’d been whining about is as inc...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...insulate crawlspaces . Repairing foundations & insulating from the exterior when renovating an old home © Ecohome Cinderblock, stone or cracked concrete foundation renovations: Before renovating or insulating, determine first that foundations can safely continue to support a structure long into the future . A...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...insulating foundation walls, it should never be installed against a cold concrete wall. See our pages on how to avoid or get rid of mold in basements for more on this. Rockwool mineral fiber insulation: Rock wool rigid board insulation © Ecohome Recycled Content : there is a minimum of 75% industrial wast...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...in the attic, pulling fresh air from the vents (like the ones in the soffit) and pushing hot or humid air outside. Attic fans can fulfill a year-round function. In the summer, you can drastically reduce the temperature in the attic, helping to lengthen the life of the roofing shingles and sheathing and the paint on s...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...in, which likely won't even exist in a crawlspace. You can have it set it up to drain right into a small pit in the dirt below the membrane and it will absorb back into the ground. Removing radon gas from crawlspaces We highly recommend getting your air tested for radon gas before beginning work to determine if any...