Renovations / Guides

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

Natural building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want healthy homes with sustainable eco-friendly building materials. Hemp is a very sustainable crop given the quick growing time and the amount of carbon sequestered in hemp building products. A hemp crop goes from seed to ready-t...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

Wood ceilings - what's the the skinny? Ahhh, the charm of a wood ceiling, seriously, what's not to like? The intent of this page is less about talking you out of installing gypsum board (drywall), and more about giving you a little encouragement if you are hesitantly considering a wood ceiling. See, unlike my famous...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Incentives are available to help you pay for those! And don’t forget commuting - there are Electric Vehicle Rebates as well as Solar Panels Financing from Tesla . Learn all about Green Home construction and...

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...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...Renovations are eligible, as long as it involves a renovation of the building envelope (wall system). Renovation projects that only involve a single part of a home like kitchens or bathrooms are not eligible. When is it to late to register for LEED? Ideally registration begins before construction and even design , ...

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...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...renovations If you are looking to add a ventilation system to an existing home or for a new addition, while it’s not always a feasible solution to bring ductwork to the new living area, there are ductless HRVs and ERVs (heat recovery and energy recovery ventilators) that can be added without great hassle to improve i...

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

...renovations, is to be sure not to trap moisture between two vapor barriers . If a home already has a vapor retarder or vapor barrier, it’s important not to add another vapor-impermeable layer on the opposite side of the wall that could trap moisture in the middle along with organic materials such as insulation or wood ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...renovations. Under Rénoclimat your home is assessed by professionals who provide you with suggested upgrades for increased energy efficiency. Financial assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontario): Originally developed by the Alberta Home Builder’s Association, Built Green is a Canadian-develop...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...renovations is that money can be saved by replacing old windows. In Reality, rarely does the cost of window replacement purely for saving money actually translate into more money in your pocket, as the cost of purchasing and installing windows usually far exceeds the added energy savings. Read more here about when to r...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.