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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

...Platinum Edelweiss House using rigid Rockwool or Roxul insulation panels attached with strapping and screws (which is in the building science video above), and what we did to break the thermal bridge was to do it in 2 layers of 4 inches of rigid Rockwool so there would not be a single screw passing through the wall ass...

LEED v4
LEED Homes

What is different with LEED V4?

...Platinum house in Canada here. As a movement and an industry, green building is evolving rapidly. Recognizing leadership in this field means periodically moving the goal posts, and rethinking the measures by which leadership is assessed. That’s the reason for LEED Version 4, the next exciting step in the continuous i...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...Platinum certification we really can't stress enough the enormous role windows will play in your overall home performance. Better windows may pay for themselves in a few years of heat savings, while also improving occupant comfort and the overall user experience. So shop around and get all the facts. If in doubt, consi...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...Platinum prefabricated home © Roman Szumski Prefab home manufacturers are beginning to pick up on green building trends and are starting to incorporate the principles of eco-design into their products. Though they were late getting into the game, Prefabs are now credible competitors in the housing market with som...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...Platinum in Canada, and having built it off the beaten path we included an EV charging station to lighten the added impact of its location. We've calculated that a 66 km a day commute in an electric vehicle would run about 91 cents , powered by Quebec's renewable hydroelectric power. So are electric cars ideal? No, s...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...platinum. The 8 LEED categories: Innovation & Design Process (11 points) Green building begins at the design phase, and this category encourages builders to put together their building team early and involve them in the design process. It is here that regional issues and home durability is addressed, and building...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Platinum certified home built at the same cost as a standard North American home... Read more here. Does a Passive House have to be certified? The most energy-efficient buildings are those designed to harness and retain heat from the sun in the winter, and employ shading techniques to passively keep homes cool in s...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...Platinum home in Canada, he is a co-founder of Ecohome, a LEED for Homes Provider, LEED Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system.

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...Platinum Home which has exceptional air quality. To ensure toxins were kept to a minimum we used Natura zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded. Some paint companies will offer zero VOC paint but neglect to tell you that there are other dangerous chemicals as well...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Platinum (which is the one we’re shooting for). The point system definitely allows for more flexibility. Being in very rural Abercorn, QC, for example, we knew we wouldn’t score any points for public transportation access but we knew we’d get top marks for energy use and air quality. LEED pushed us to go out of our way...