Renovation budget / Guides

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...budgets have made big announcements regarding renovation tax credits. This is excellent news for everyone, as it could be argued that renovation tax incentives ...

Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...budget. Separate the different stages of a project and apply your budget to each portion independently to help predict potential pitfalls and avoid surprises. ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...budget – you need to comply with it, and track all the expenses during construction and renovations to ensure that the established budget is respected. This is ...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...budget on one green feature you might be cutting corners in the future that have greater impacts. Origin: Where does it come from and was it managed and h...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...renovation by anticipating and designing for that moment right now. Think about potential layout changes or where a future granny suite would be, and during y...

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

...budget sufficient rolls of vapor open, exterior air sealing fleece-backed tape with full-surface adhesive into the equation. See the Top Tips and video below fo...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...renovations and repairs So, the question is – what should we do about condensation? How do we fix and prevent condensation in our homes? Condensation in h...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...renovation tax credits and incentives . Either way, it’s worth finding someone who knows how to obtain permits and install a system according to regulations. ...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we w...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...renovation or a truly modest sized home, this might not be the best use of your available funds. 2. Finding a general contractor: Sadly there are not a ton ...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...budget allows. Grey water heat recovery: One of the most overlooked ways energy leaves a home is from hot water going down the drain, taking your money with i...