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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 ...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...Guide evaluations (worth up to $600) and expert advice to homeowners so they can begin to plan their retrofits based on priorities (because while shiny new windows look nice, insulation is the gift that keeps on giving.) Recruitment and training of EnerGuide energy advisors to meet the increased demand; this will cre...

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

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

...step of your mission – to successfully jettison all unwanted materials. You can purchase bidet add-ons that fit to existing toilets. And frankly, doesn’t it make more sense to sit in one place until the entire operation is complete? Do you really want to waddle your rear over to another seat with your pants around your...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

Lasagna gardening - what is it? The easiest way to turn a backyard lawn into an organic food-producing garden is by building a lasagna garden, as there is no digging required. The first thing we will clear up for any rookie gardeners; we aren’t planting noodle trees where we will be harvesting penne and rigatoni. ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...