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Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...state or province you live in means this can be a little bit of a lottery when looking for a new home, especially if you're a concerned environmentalist, are looking for a healthy home with a good level of interior air quality, or are simply a future homeowner who cares about lower utility bills, better comfort and pro...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...State for Tiny Homes? Are Shipping Container Tiny Homes Good or Bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here .

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...state of disrepair or wood decay & rot. Yes, old windows will leak more air and lose more heat than new ones, but there is an energy variable to consider with replacement of windows as well. Purchasing a new window will also have its own energy and carbon footprint in terms of raw material extraction, manufacturing a...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...state, but what is consistent is that if you insulate to the minimum requirements of code, your basement will still account for a significant and unnecessary portion of the heat loss in your home. Somewhere between R5 and R10 under a slab tends to be what we typically see now, yet energy modeling shows that additional ...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...state-of-the-art construction methods. When we put our trust in builders, we expect them to pay particular attention to the important but seemingly minor details, even those that are hidden, like radon gas protection in basements. E: Why a pellet stove for heating in a LEED home? RS: Quebec is one of the major prod...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...state is in one of its frequent droughts. Pecans and hazelnuts on the other hand need much less water and both nut crops can be grown in areas that don’t have a scarcity of water. Replace palm oil with Sunflower or safflower oil Cooking oils are tricky since the majority have some sort of ecological or social drawb...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...state of stagnation, creating a high-temperature and high-pressure environment. Flat plate solar collectors can reach temperatures as high as 200°C (395°F), and evacuated-tube collectors can reach temperatures as high as 295°C (563°F). It is important to be aware that solar glycol will begin to break down when temper...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states and unincorporated self-governing territories in the United States committed to upholding the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change within their borders by achieving the U.S. goal of reducing greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide equivalent) economy-...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...state or municipality may require plans that have been approved by an engineer, and some may not be familiar with slab-on-grade homes. Be sure to check with your municipality or state before beginning construction, and even before getting too far into your building plans. While we are firmly in favour of slab-on-grad...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...state or municipality, or you could contact a local radon-mitigation expert and have them conduct a test for you. New house or old house, regardless of what radon mitigation standards were installed when it was built (or not) - regardless of which area your home is in, the ONLY certain method of making sure you and you...