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Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...reduce an individuals personal carbon footprint by as much as 90% Chosen EV Charger Brand : Rematek energy charging station for electric vehicles Wastewater treatment / Septic system The EnviroSeptic Enhanced and Certified Wastewater Treatment System Does not generate filter media or other substrate in the main...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...your pool will stay a lot cleaner, for longer, and you will avoid all the nasties such as dead bugs and bits of your garden floating around in there! Efficient pool filtration systems save energy Save electricity by making sure your pool filtration system works effectively and run your pool pump on shorter duration...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...carbon, this really does demonstrate how important it is to choose rigid foam insulation boards very carefuly to reduce their environmental impact. All XPS panels are not equal! EPS - Expanded Polystyrene Foam Insulation Boards: Rated at R4 per inch; EPS foam insulation boards are more permeable to air and moisture...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...reduce an individuals personal carbon footprint by as much as 90% Chosen EV Charger Brand : Rematek energy charging station for electric vehicles Wastewater treatment / Septic system The EnviroSeptic Enhanced and Certified Wastewater Treatment System Does not generate filter media or other substrate in the main...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...carbon footprint because of shipping so much water Shipping laundry strips compared to shipping liquid detergent for eco-friendliness Whenever you see or hear encouragements to ‘buy local’, among the reasons for that is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that come from shipping materials around the country an...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...yourself to spending tons of money every month to pump heat into your house,” Reynolds said. “Rather, invest that in insulation and the payback is immediate. People think the payback is going to be 25 years, and it’s not. The payback starts when your neighbor turns on the heat and you don’t.” For more information on ...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...your home and help balance temperatures . Bricks and unprocessed natural stone should not have or need any finish on it. Hiring a mason to build an interior wall of brick is not the cheapest wall you will ever have but they are of course beautiful, durable, low maintenance, and it can help reduce sound transmission thr...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...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 Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. Pros: Solid and stable; relatively good soundproofing; looks like any hardwood floor; helps reduce demand on forests by using leftover scraps of wood in the laminate core. Cons: It will often c...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...reduce CO2 emissions and our overall ecological carbon footprint? Wouldn’t it make more sense to encourage the maximum number of buildings to achieve a certain threshold of energy efficiency rather than creating a very narrow path for very few? Passive House certification or indeed LEED Certification, is still seen by ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...your home, family and your biggest investment by opting for something other than timber frame construction like concrete or brick? So, what is a wall system? Your wall system is an environmental separator between outside and inside . Its intent is to slow the movement of heat and air between outside and in, and man...