Renovations / Guides

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...renovations and high efficiency heat pumps . Now you know more about Geothermal heating for homes, learn more about sustainable home comfort , energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to De...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...renovations, a very leaky rate of 8.1 ACH was recorded. This presented an opportunity to test Aerobarrier that looked so promising. After two hours of spraying, the ACH stagnated at 3.8 CAH50. Patrick Rouleau, Director of Sales and Marketing at Aerobarrier Global, who was there to supervise the project, stopped the p...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...renovations to an existing home, making better choices in design and materials is a wise choice. A better-built home lasts longer, is healthier for occupants, cheaper to operate and studies show it will have a higher resale value. As a starting place, see articles in our building guide such as choosing the right insu...

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 homes – the basics So what is condensation? Condensation in its purest form is caused when humidity in the air comes in contact with a cold surface and it co...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...renovations. So how to deal with that? No basement storage: build a shed, or build your slab slightly bigger to include room for storage; that can be combined with a mechanical room, and laundry as well. Or, fill your garage full of junk like most people do... Main floor mechanical room: build it away from bedroo...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...renovations in these pages: Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly Preventing mold when insulating basements Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulating Crawlspaces Properly How much insulation does a basement need? Are Better Insulated Homes Worth the Money? Find more about gree...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

Fitting Windows, how to fit windows correctly to avoid air or water leaks Watch more Green Building videos here The Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of yo...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...renovations that would be needed to improve the energy efficiency of a home. This is already mandatory in numerous European countries like France - allowing homebuyers to make better choices in the homes they are thinking of buying and driving up the adoption of energy efficient home renovation industry as better hom...

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

...renovations . While we're at it, the other things we really appreciate as a construction team - fresh coffee appearing at meal and break times, and being trusted to get on with the job without the future homeowner breathing down our necks! #justsayin - but then we're passionate about getting green home builds right. ...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Green Building Guide Pages here . John Zeitoun is a master cabinetmaker based in Wakefield, Quebec, with 25 years of experience in both commercial and residential millwork. In addition to cabinetmaking, John is also a boa...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...renovations. A technologist or designer may approach a project more mechanically than an architect. Once the plans are drawn, they will often relinquish responsibility and the ball is then in your court. Purchasing pre-drawn plans: This can be useful if you are looking for a standard house. It's a much quicker pr...