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Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...house smell like an old barn in the Sottish Highlands during prolonged rainy weather. That....would be noticeable. There are some like celllulose and wood fiber panels that have been around for awhile, but a few of the newer and more interesting ones we've found include hemp insulation, and grass insulation. And whil...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...house that is 14°C (as these lovely people do) and you need to keep a fire going all day to warm it up, your house is not staying warm by itself. In reality, an Earthship in Canada is a predominantly passively-heated home that burns biomass and fossil fuels for supplimentary heat and power; it is insulated with foam ...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...Passive House Certification or other Green home rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...Canada. In addition to LEED, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building Challenge, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada. Media Contacts: Kathy Malangone, Senior Director, Marketing Communications McGraw Hill Construction kathy.malangone@mhfi.com (212) 904-4376 Renee Rietveld, Manager, Communic...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...Passive House & LEED certified Homes, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...house was built outside of them. 11. More options for Green building certifications Passive House certified homes consume about 90% less energy that a code-built house . As a green home certification program, Passive House is getting a boost from some regional building codes in the form of financial incentives that...

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

...house. We would instead float the idea of a conventionally built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhouse for growing ornamental plants or perhaps food, that presents even greater concerns. A greenhouse fu...

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Canada, especially for healthcare facilities, hotels and motels, multifamily projects, schools, college buildings and dormitories. We at Ecohome see significant interest in the prefab LEED, Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont,...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...Passive House PHIUS+ certification or LEED v4 certification standards, not just for the look, but also for the material composition, durability & sustainability. Recycled quartz kitchen counters The Dekton® counter is a ground-up mix of glass, porcelain and quartz heated to over 1,000 degrees Celsius and compressed...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose between the quickest way, the safest way, the most scenic way or which route has the most gas stations or least amount of hills. S...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...houses of the 20th century, so if you are building or renovating a reasonably airtight house, especially if going for Passive House or LEED certification , don't lose sleep over which one to get, ERV or HRV – just get one. For more articles on HRV & ERV Ventilation Systems, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Gu...