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Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...solar panels, zero VOC paint, or even low-flow toilets when they all first came out. Natural insulation materials like these can easily cost you double the price of standard insulation products, so don’t get your hopes up too high if you’re building a house on a super tight budget. That said, for some people this c...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...power plants struggle to keep up. North American buildings account for more than 40% of all the energy we use and a third of our C02 emissions. Surprisingly, they are far more damaging to our environment than our vehicles. Perhaps the question ought to be why NOT build a Passive House? For the uninitiated, a Passiv...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...powered Bicycle Generator , and its rather lofty claims that one hour of riding can power a house for a day, which simply is not the case. However, with homes that are designed with the goal of reducing energy consumption , small devices like the portable wind turbine or pedal-powered washing machine , pedal-powered bi...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...power, but what the most efficient method for you is depends largely on your geographical location as well as the topography of your property. Different regions experience different amounts of sunshine and wind, greatly affecting the output of systems. The viability of wind power changes by region, and can even chang...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...powered television, DVD player and sound system. 15 minutes of pedaling earns you an hour and a half of watching. Bathtub on wheels © Le Vertendre The Fun Box © Le Vertendre The Fun Box kitchen and climbing wall © Le Vertendre ...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...powerful force for change and are partnering, owning, and operating projects. Our mission is to create an inclusive and open Indigenous clean energy community of practice across Canada. OUR VISION. OUR PASSION. We believe clean energy projects can be a substantive part of Canada’s future and a restorative force for...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

Snowboarding pioneer and photographer Mike Basich built himself an epic Tiny off-grid cabin. Without a bedroom or bathroom per se, but equipped with a hot tub and chairlift, this gorgeous Tiny House is most perfectly situated in the heart of the Sierras. © Mike Basich Basich began his career ...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack the funds to get set up, leasing programs are available. Details here . Desjardins : Desjardins' Green Homes Program is available both in Qu...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Solar heating design home built in the 1970's in Saskatchewan by a team led by Harold Orr, designer of the first modern Passive House that worked , who recently won the Order of Canada for his achievements with Passive Solar design , air-tightness for homes and energy-efficient houses . We at EcoHome salute you Mr Orr,...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...power rates, you could drastically reduce your cooling costs by having a lot of it happen overnight. While there is very little of this type of technology currently on the market and it's impossible to vouch for its effectiveness, it's a promising concept that can and should be experimented with. Wax for example, can...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...power conduits, etc.) was put in place next, below the coming insulation and concrete. We used insulated water pipes courtesy of Uponor for greater energy efficiency. Plumbing infrastructure © Ecohome You need to be very sure about the placement of plumbing at this point as concrete is not so forgiving when it ...