Test / Guides

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...test to see how much heat loss there is from air leaks . A blower door test identifies air leaks for repair to make homes more energy efficient. Are energy audits free for Canadians? Energy audits for government green home renovation programs are in some cases free , (free, as in paid for with your tax dollar...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...testing should be carried out in all homes While many people rely on Radon Gas Maps by State in the US and province in Canada to decide whether to test their homes for radon, official advice is actually to test first then ask questions later. We have seen homes built side by side, and built the same way, which tested...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...test were lower than what would be produced by the same test on a natural gas furnace of similar size. John Bordynuik, President & CEO. There is no question that what we are talking about here is still burning fossil fuels. The difference in this case, is that these fossil fuels have effectively seen the end of t...

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

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

...testing for air leakage will be more complex with the introduction of a mandatory Blower Door Test (discover all about these here ), but the BC Energy Step Code does not require the same certification or paperwork associated with many green building programs, so if you’ve ever built to LEED or Passive House Standards t...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...tested Aerobarrier ourselves: Ecohome’s French counterpart Écohabitation is in the process of moving to new office space in an older building, and when a blower door test was performed during renovations, a very leaky rate of 8.1 ACH was recorded. This presented an opportunity to test Aerobarrier that looked so pro...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...test in what would turn out to be one of the coldest Vermont winters in decades. We found that, indeed, the single, 18,000 Btu/hour, air-source heat pump was able to keep the house comfortable; we only used our back-up wood stove eight or nine times to supplement the point-source heat pump or provide the ambiance that ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...test done by our Quebec office Ecohabitation shed some light on modern water saving fixtures. The consensus is that you can't actually tell the difference between a 9.5 lpm and a high quality 6.6 lpm showerhead. So with comfort and cleanliness out of the way, let’s run the numbers. Calculations are based on the consu...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...test where homes are depressurized and tested for air leaks before drywall is installed, so any necessary air seal repairs can be made. Minimum standards must be met for certification and points are awarded for exemplary performance. This category also deals with heating, cooling, domestic hot water and any renewable...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...test methods, allowable emission levels, product sample collection, testing, as well as to program application processes, toxicity limits and acceptance for certification. The GREENGUARD certification procedure identifies interior products and materials with low chemical and particle emissions. Being GREENGUARD certi...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...testing ) an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 to help homeowners and landlords pay for retrofits A Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5,000 to help people buy newly built homes that are certified zero-emissions A $100 million investment in skills training, to ensure there are enough qualified workers to keep up wi...

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...test before approving a project, but a municipality might. If a building lot is not suitable for a traditional basement it may still be possible to build with alternatives, such as slab-on-grade , raft-slabs or screw piles . If a lot can only handle alternative building types, then that should be reflected in the ask...