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When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...old days, but can be significantly reduced with high quality triple pane windows. © Ecohome The cost of replacing windows is pretty high and predominantly labour based; partly in manufacturing, but you have to factor in the cost of installation and finishing as well. So if you're going to replace old leaky windows,...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies. First steps Using an integrated design process where all consultants and the contractor meet at the very start and regularly thereafter saved time and money in the long run, and permitted a broad range of solutions such as integration of active and passive solar ...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...old cars, few of us would climb into a rusty old aircraft. The military obviously has the same concerns, so aside from the occasional heritage restoration project, old aircraft are grounded. The alloys used to make aircraft aluminum strong renders it impossible to recycle in the same manner as cans or other aluminum ...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...old buildings, or offer a place to buy and sell leftover materials from building projects and home upgrades. On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada ), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notification if what you are looking f...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...old, 225 m2 single family residence on a small urban lot in Toronto transformed a leaky old house into a highly efficient three-storey home; one that takes advantage of active sustainable systems integrated with as many low-cost passive sustainable strategies as possible. The project is part of an overall strategy to r...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...old standard’ of ‘eco-friendly’ lumber, and it's an assurance that this wood product has been harvested from a sustainably managed forest. When buying lumber or wood products, like eco-friendly hardwood flooring , pay attention and look for the FSC certification. Wood with a FSC logo ensures it should come from sus...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...old indiegogo site : "With a cool factor set at maximum, this groundbreaking tiny house is flat-packed in a box that's ready for shipment anywhere on the planet and is easily assembled by our purchasers. Living room, kitchen, bathroom, stair, and sleeping area are all seamlessly integrated into a 10' x 10' space. P...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...old & UL181 certifications. As the air pressure carries particles towards any breach in the building envelope, they begin to adhere to the sides of that opening, gradually sealing the hole. An air seal is thereby created around any openings and cracks in ceilings, walls, windows, plumbing and electrical penetrations....

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...older doors and sliding doors - the draft strips are often perished or missing. Plumbing fixtures & aerators: If you have older taps or shower heads, they could be costing you a ton of money. Check to see if there is the ability to screw on an aerator; if your taps are so old that you can't get one on, then you are a...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

There has been a steady evolution in the way we build homes over the last couple of decades, and the old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, fiberglass insulation and polyethylene doesn't measure up anymore with building codes, nor the trend towards high performance housing. One aspect of wall assemblies that is garnering ...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...old on this noble attempt at alternative tiny housing: 1. Energy efficiency: Metal is a conductor - of both heat and cold - as evidenced by the popularity of metal frying pans over say...wooden ones, for example. This makes metal a less than ideal substance in many applications of home construction. To render a...