Sustainable buildings / Guides

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...buildings, but the problem arises from the fact that the foundation of most tiny houses is not actually a foundation at all, it’s a set of wheels. Even the greenest home you can build stops being eco-friendly if it’s rolling down the highway or idling in bumper to bumper traffic. Learn more here - ‘are tiny houses go...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impact. This category seeks to limit that impact on the building site, as well as the surrounding environment and waterways. Points are awarded for responsible site stewardship during both construction and the lifecycle of the home. For exam...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integrated photovoltaics, community based solar (including Canada’s first solar neighbourhood ), and continued research and development of national standards and accreditation for solar power. Best solar options for your home Before you m...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...sustainable transit solutions. Many of the workplace, transportation and lifestyle trends we are seeing are very encouraging, as we seem to have inadvertently transitioned to a low-carbon economy while we weren’t looking. And they said it couldn’t be done… There is, however, one growing lifestyle and housing trend ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...sustainable and efficient homes . This architect-designed, contemporary and eco-friendly kit house not only feels spacious, bright and inviting, it has an extremely low carbon footprint. The design philosophy started with an underlying focus on creating a low-carbon housing option from cradle-to-grave in both its rel...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...buildings and trees. So, it’s ‘safe for kids’ if you put it in a location where it won’t work very well. That would be something like advertising a set of kitchen knives as being ‘kid safe’, because they are too dull to cut anything. Do vertical axis wind turbines work better? There are a family of ‘alternative’ ve...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...Sustainable Buildings on North America's favorite sustainable building advice website - EcoHome.net

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...sustainable and energy efficient homes in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide and in the pages below: Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Tesla offers finan...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...buildings, saving approximately 50 to 60% on heating and cooling costs, depending on the fuel being compared to. In summer months, geothermal cooling functions in a similar way to standard air conditioning, only heat is not simply ejected into the outside air, but rather deposited deep in the ground for future use. T...