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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

...solar panels. Solar heating is essentially free (there are some small increases in electricity for the costs of pumping water through larger solar panels, but it is minimal as this links to the pool filtration system anyhow if planned and built right.) The downside of solar, especially in more northern areas, is that i...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...home build, or a DIY home renovation. All the same, as EcoHome is all about LEED, Passive House, ZNE, Passive Solar or Zero Energy Green Home Construction , we can say definitively that the tips below become even more pertinent the higher-performance the home is designed to be - and especially important if using the la...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...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 home behind a massive gas-guzzling truck, ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...home heating and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Ren...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...home or walls change, some of that moisture will be absorbed and released by the materials in your home. And, as it's that time of year when condensation on windows can indicate a problem , having some safe passive humidity storage is never a bad thing in homes. Have you ever noticed that sometimes a squeaky floor bo...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...homes in a changing climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home con...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...homes, the cost to repair this damage can be extremely high. It sure sucks to be homeowners sometimes! The good news though is that there are ways to prevent it so you can avoid these issues and costs. The most important thing is to keep the humidity levels in your home low enough, aim for below 40% Relative Humidity...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...homes that are typically built, as housing developers rely on building code minimum standards to determine efficiency. As performance isn't always high on the radar of home buyers, builders make more money that way, but leave homeowners with unnecessarily high heating bills for the rest of their lives. In contrast, a...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete into it. So, there are more materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The draw backs of building...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete into it. So, there are more materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The drawbacks of building ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...construction methods they chose and the types of food they grow. Pierre Fisette - Estrie, southern Quebec Pierre Fisette built his passive solar greenhouse by himself after extensive internet research and attending workshops. He began with existing greenhouse plans and adapted them to meet his specific needs & the ...