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Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...tiles and engineered hardwood. This is not a cheap system to install, but it is a very comfortable way to deliver heat. Radiant in-floor heat can also be achieved through hydronic heating systems , which when heating with water from an electric boiler again offers the same number of BTUs per watt but this type of syste...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...tiles. Any backfill against walls should drain easily, and weeping tile drains should be covered with a geotextile membrane to prevent clogging. The inclusion of a clean-out junction in weeping tiles can allow for easy long term maintenance. Foundation perimeter surface drain © Ecohome A surfa...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...tiles and is supported on trusses with a 32’’ raised heal and 30’’ of loose fill cellulose. Next comes a 6 mil polyethylene barrier sealed with tapes, then 1.5’’ strapping to create a service cavity, followed by 1/2’’ of drywall. Dense packed cellulose insulation in the walls Heating and venti...

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

...tiles with the addition of epoxy grout, but the joints can also be hidden under division walls. Ensure that you have a sufficient number of them for the area of the foundation. See other slab on grade information pages here: Read about how to build a slab on grade step by step , Building a thickened edge slab-on-...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...tiles at foundation footings) you could have a big problem as water forces it's way in. Dig a hole to build a basement and it often starts to fill with water very quickly - no big surprise why basements flood Also, if your basement has the hot water tank with a drain underneath, or a sink or washing machine dra...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...tiles in bathroom floors for added comfort. What you don’t see a lot of, are floors heated with air. Electric wire radiant floor heating © Ecohome How to make air-heated floors work: Since the first forced-air heating systems were introduced into homes, there have been attempts to di...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...tiles are now in V3 and are set for 1000 installs a week by the end of 2020 9. Non-toxic building materials and healthy homes. Building healthy homes with safer indoor air quality is a trend that increases in popularity every year , and we think 2020 will offer significant growth. New non-toxic building products ...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of installing asphalt shingles. High-embodied energy, rarely if ever recycled, they deteriorate rapidly with UV ray...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

It is pretty much inevitable that at least some warm, moist air from living areas will find its way into the roof of a building and bring with it the very real risk of frost and ice forming in a cold climate, or mold and rot in a temperate climate. This is a simple product of physics and the realities and limitations ...