Stages / Guides

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...stages of combustion; the woodburning process is complex as different logs are in different stages during a fire burning, the bottom line being that having selected the right wood, you then need to accurately control the burn temperature and oxygen level to optimize the combustion process. This means that choosing th...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...stages, even as early as picking a location to build. But a project already underway is still eligible under certain conditions. Depending on the size of the house, the project must have a score of 45 points or more to qualify for certification. Types of buildings eligible types of projects that are eligible: New Homes...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...stages. The teachers are taking advantage of this opportunity to come up with any and all green features they can think of, all while ensuring this house fits in with its future neighbourhood and that it is affordable to build and operate. Ordinarily, a Habitat for Humanity house has a family picked out before constr...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...stages of slab-on-grade construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete into it. So, there are more materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome Th...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...stages and the results aren’t yet conclusive, studies indicate that there are links between ingesting water contaminated with high levels of radon gas and stomach cancer, colon cancer and some types of blood cancer.” - David Innes, Radon Environmental Radon evacuation stacks: A radon stack can be passive or activ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...stages of conception. © Belvedair JP - What advice would you give readers on how to stay on budget during a construction or 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 need ...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...stages of construction. An appraiser will estimate the approximate value of the house you want to build based on your building plans, and the bank will give you money in portions; they will assess your project in stages to ensure you are on track before they dole out more funds. If you miscalculate and don’t have enoug...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...stages of a completely unnecessary water crisis, but this can be slowly turned around. What is falling on all of our roofs could be handled much differently, and to everyone's benefit and cost savings. With a little foresight and planning, the next watering moratorium could have little to no effect on you keeping a l...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...stages of certification. There are however, prefab homes that are Passive House and LEED certification ready . Can a renovation project be LEED certified? 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 ho...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...stages of production to give you a daily supply. Growing microgreens at home Microgreens are the early shoots of the leafy greens or vegetables we normally grow and eat; the difference being that they are harvested before the plant has matured. Some microgreen plants can be the same as the sprout seeds growing in y...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...stages of transit, but rather all in your home. Polyisocyanurate insulation (or Polyiso) Method and form : commonly in 2x8 or 4x8 sheets with foil backing Polyisocyanurate insulation boards have some interesting quirks so be careful where you use it © Ecohome Performance: R6 - 6.5 and even higher are th...