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Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...reduced ecological footprints, healthier indoor environments and offer 30 to 70% in energy savings over homes built to provincial & state code. Because it is the most well-recognized certification program, LEED homes can have access to reduced mortgage rates, reduced home insurance rates and often municipal tax relie...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...reduced by as little as 25% in VOCs. Low VOC paints may have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning they don't off-gas as much as traditional paints, but it's important to remember that when it says "low" it's only in comparison to some other paints. There's are no standards that define what "low" means...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...reduced energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the pati...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...reduced waste in mind by keeping the plans at sensible dimensions. If you plan lengths to be 4 and 8 foot increments instead of 5 and 9, this makes the best use of industry standard dimensions. Order pre-cut lumber (some lumber yards will use your building plans to deliver framing materials cut to the lengths you nee...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...reduced home size. Smaller homes require less materials to build and less energy to operate. With a bit more thought and creativity on behalf of designers and builders, small homes don't always have to feel that way. Both the city and its builders should be commended for their efforts towards efficient living. The fo...

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!)

...reduced thermal efficiency of insulation that is saturated with moisture. Mold growth, which is a cause of respiratory allergies. Mildew - most frequently found as black spots on drywall, especially behind furniture. Staining coming from behind drywall and around baseboards and any junction points in walls. Cor...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...reduced energy and water use. The ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the U.S. is based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014. Canada has 17.74 million GSM of LEED-certified space, and in total, it has 4,068 LEED-certified and -registered pr...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...reduced water use - USA & Canada Rainwater recovery and irrigation Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...reduced energy costs are factored. What are RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates)? The primary objective of the renewable energy-generation market is, of course, to provide low-carbon energy to run our homes, businesses and communities. Born of that service, is a valuable by-product - Renewable Energy Certificates. ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...reduced with high quality triple pane windows. © Ecohome The cost of replacing windows is pretty high and predominantly labour based; partly in manufacturing, but you have to factor in the cost of installation and finishing as well. So if you're going to replace old leaky windows, you might as well get good ones. T...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...reduced the total R value by almost half, testament to the conductive powers of metal and why as a material it should be very selectively used in wall assemblies. 6. Radon gas barrier / vapour barrier For added durability over the commonly used 6-mil polyethylene vapour barrier, we used a 10-mil barrier instead. Th...