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BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver Step Code is well underway with the Greenest City 2020 initiative . BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide Message to BC general contractors about the new Step Code requirements, don’t panic! It’s not that crazy, and before you scratch a hole in your head reading the BC Step Code ...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...step by step , Raft slabs for building on soft soils , and anything else about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...step by step , Building a thickened edge slab-on-grade foundation , Raft slabs for poor soil conditions or infill to avoid excavating and soil remediation . Everything you need to know about high performance home construction can be found in the Ecohome green building guide pages

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...step by step detailed guide to building a frost protected slab on grade foundation here . Skirt insulation around slabs and foundations prevents concrete from freezing © CMHC Skirt insulation is a very simple and cost-effective solution that could (and should) be applied to basement foundation...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...step further, ” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “By offering these free certifications, it is our small way of helping to ensure that all Canadians have access to housing that is affordable and sustainable.” The CaGBC will have 100 spots available to charitable building organizations in the first...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...step further by removing as many obstacles as they can to make pursuing high performance building certifications easier. The process of attaining Passive House certification has been called many things, but 'easy' isn't one of them. Here are some of the initiatives the city has undertaken to make that process more appe...

Why you should Never put Coffee Grounds In the Garden
Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Why to NEVER put coffee grounds on plants or the garden...

...Step by Step Guide Growing Food at Home in Small Spaces - 7 Top Tips Urban Farming - a Guide to Growing Edible Perennials in Your Yard How to Build a Backyard Greenhouse in Cold Climates Find more about green lifestyle choices and home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages and f...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...Step by Step Guide Growing food at home in small spaces - 7 top tips Urban farming - a guide to growing edible perennials in your yard How to build a backyard greenhouse in cold climates Find more about green lifestyle choices and home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages and f...

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

...by 45% compared to 2010. Buildings are the biggest source of climate pollution producing 39% of global emissions. Additionally, building construction, maintenance and renovation generates the largest share of waste in landfills. With city populations forecast by the UN to double by 2060, data suggests this global pop...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...by regulatory bodies that have not updated codes to reflect better performing building envelopes. Building codes are making you do stupid things. The laws of physics trump code. - Joe Lstiburek This article was inpired by building scientist Joe Lstiburek, one of the most globally trusted and well-known names in...

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

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

...step-by-step walk though of a thickened-edge slab floor we built. XPS or EPS high-density foam is typically used under concrete slab floors, in this case we used Rockwool mineral fiber insulation ( formerly known as Roxul) . Note: Engineers at Rockwool could not confirm with us that their product had the compressive ...