Sustainable buildings / Guides

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...buildings and have much more stringent performance demands than the National Building Code. In aspiring to achieve the status of World's Greenest City 20/20 , Vancouver promoted Passive House Certification, and the province of British Columbia has recently released the BC Energy Step Code , which demands the highest pe...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...sustainable construction for healthy and durable homes in the Ecohome Building Guide pages Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to service HRV & ERV units at home for optimum efficiency Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing formaldehyde...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...sustainable homes need careful research and planning - as changing one element without considering how this changes the dynamics of the building envelope is a potential recipe for disaster. The best pre-emptive strike against the possibility of a nightmare exterior wall renovation and insulation project is educating ...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : All about natural swimming pools & ponds Compare the Carbon Footprint of Wood v Steel V Concrete Buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design feat...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...sustainable construction below and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Which rigid foam insulation panels to use where - Polyiso v EPS v Styrofoam & alternatives Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel vs. concrete buildings Why building a green sustainable home is the most affordable opt...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...sustainable building material. As it is a newly emerging raw building material, no market for recycled materials has formed, but the materials are recycleable and reusable. Read more about hemp insulation. R value of Hemp : about R3.5 per inch. Pros: Hemp acts as carbon storage, it is renewable and non-toxic. Hemp ...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...sustainable change. It’s also something most people would rather not think about." - Chris Magwood LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the industry standard for green building rating systems in Canada, and LEED platinum is the highest award. The living Building standard exceeds that. There are 7...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

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

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?

...buildings is a way to measure air leakage but, more importantly, it’s a way to find air leaks and fix them. Fixing air leaks is ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of improving the energy efficiency of homes under construction since you already have to buy and install air barriers in the form of 6 mil poly vapor barriers , ex...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...buildings and certainly high rises. But the overall benefits for a city are unquestionable. Increased urban density means taking advantage of existing infrastructure like power, water and sewers, instead of building new. It means more efficient use of existing roads and public transportation, and increasing a city's ...