Renovation planning / Guides

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple professionals if you can, to get...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...planning a sustainable green renovation or new building project Solar Thermal Collectors - direct "free" heat from the sun Also find all about susta...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...renovation projects on existing buildings. And this transformation has not taken place in one country, one type of economy or one type of climate. It is occurri...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...renovation is even feasible or advisable. Assessing a home foundation before renovation: Crawlspaces: We never recommend building a crawlspace from scratch ...

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

...planning - as changing one element without considering how this changes the dynamics of the building envelope is a potential recipe for disaster. The best pre...

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 ...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Planning Package (PHPP) software boosted its popularity immensly in the USA & Canada. Klingenberg and other members of PHIUS then launched a collaboration wit...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

Proper planning is the key to successfully building a sustainable green home. An energy-efficient ‘eco home’ doesn’t necessarily need to cost a lot more than a...

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...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...renovation project? PR - Obviously it is important to be rigorous in monitoring costs at every stage. It’s not enough to establish a detailed budget – you nee...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...Renovation tax credits and financial incentives: First speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Many banks offer incentives for includ...