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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

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...reduced formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products, modeled after regulations approved in 2007 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Formaldehyde-free MDF alternatives such as Eco-friendly rice stalk MDF are a great start to creating a healthier home. Find other natural building products such...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...reduced mobility families. It can be a bit of a juggling act to purchase property and finance a building project while continuing to pay for housing through rentals or mortgages. In this way, a Prefab home can save you some money, simply by not carrying two properties for the year or so during a building project. 4...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...reduced carbon concrete and minimal plastic, and it achieves a neutral carbon footprint while offering an extraordinary visual. However, we're not 100% sure how air infiltration is controlled through the gabion cage walls, so we will run with the assumption that the architects have included an air barrier component to ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to code-compliant industry standards. Calculating the carbon footprint of a building To demonstrate the importance of calculating embodied energy, Ecohome’s Quebec-based affiliate Ecohabitation did a carbon calculation of the Eco-Habitat S1600 prefab kit house using the Ath...

Understanding sound transmission in homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

...reduced so sound isolation ratings measured in the field are close to those obtained in the laboratory. Dr. Alf Warnock holds a B.Sc. in Natural Philosophy (Physics) from the University of Glasgow (1963) and a Ph.D in Plasma Physics from the University of Strathclyde (1967). He is a retired Principal Research O...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the use of sustainable building materials ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...reduced. How well does Aerobarrier cleanup? This was a concern of mine the moment I first heard of it, as I imagined all surfaces in a home coated in some sort of Teflon-type material, but as surprising as it is, that simply doesn’t happen. There is a first phase change as Aerobarrier goes from a liquid to...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...reduced to being little more than an interior finished surface, or acting as the air / vapour barrier , where it isn't necessarily doing that great a job anyway. Using old containers as the launching pad of a home building project locks up huge amounts of metal that could be far more useful in other applications. Wit...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...reduced noise, and not ejecting airborne particles into homes. However, normal plug-in vacuums don't create a depressurization and most will have optional filters of higher quality. That would be the MERV rating of a filter (Maximum Efficiency Reporting Value), which determines the amount of particulate they collect an...

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...