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Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...and the difference between the pool and the average air temperatures. The variables for pool heating: Wind exposure factors Humidity levels for the area The Cooling factor in areas of lower night-time temperatures Heat pump pool heaters are rated by Btu output and horsepower (hp). Standard sizes include 3...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...and more ‘passive’ your home is, the better the chance it will keep doing its job. Solar panels, heat pumps and other high-efficiency mechanical equipment are truly excellent features to have in a home, but from a resiliency point of view, passive heating, passive cooling , and natural lighting design are even better b...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, and writing about Passive House, we were in contact with Harold Orr, a world-renowned environmental engineer, pioneer of the very concept of 'green building'. and who was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his pioneering contribution to energy-efficient home construction. ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...and high-performance housing improvements, such as: low-flow faucets, highly-insulated and airtight building envelopes, passive heating design and the use of thermal mass to balance interior temperatures. When well-organized and thoughtfully executed, such components can lead to significantly reduced resource consumpti...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...and currently have a 2x4 wall with fiberglass batt insulation and you plan to add two inches of rigid board insulation, the ROI could be 5 years - to randomly pick a number. That ROI calculation could be arrived at if it cost $2,000 to buy and install the insulation and it will save $400 a year on heating (and/or cooli...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...and reducing energy use while reducing heating bills, carbon footprint and improving a building's comfort level. It may look easy to go buy some packs of rigid insulation panels down at the local hardware store and screw them to your walls, but unless you understand how your existing walls are built and how they "work"...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...and find out what funds you have available. Your options include a mortgage, which is a lump sum of funds, or a secured credit line where you have access to a set amount of funds and only pay interest on what you borrow. Like any other industry, many banks and credit unions recognize the green market trend, and the n...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...andsia, Cactus and English Ivy should help lower humidity and improve internal air quality , but water sparingly and often for best effect. Check for water leaks! – Any pipes carrying water in the house, both delivery of hot and cold or heating and evacuation, should be checked for leaks and any leaks fixed promptly....

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...and carbon footprint and a virtual "hands-on" experience for learning about new sustainable building products and installation techniques. We at Ecohome are hoping this speeds the adoption of better sustainable construction products and methods, and makes training quicker and easier to encourage more people into the ...

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool with natural shading in the summer. See more about Solar Batteries, how to store passive solar heat , Passive House De...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...And while electric heating may be more expensive in a given region at the time being, that likely will not be the case in the future as the availability of fossil fuels dwindles. Is electric heating and cooling cleaner and better for the environment? The electricity needed to heat or cool a house is only as clean a...