What is leed / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...LEED certified homes . Look into provincial grants as well, and ask your insurance company about discount rates for a healthier, ecologically responsible home. The Cooperators insurance company offers discount rates for LEED homes, they are the only one we've heard of so far. If you've heard of tax breaks or other in...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...is that some of these categories overlap with stuff we might be looking for. And here's the thing - what we found is, that when we did searches on Amazon, the same products were often listed multiple times and depending if we clicked on the 'right' or 'wrong' listing, this could dramatically change both the cost and ...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...is toasty warm. The secondary heating system, and the one that I enjoy using much more, is a free-standing wood stove, a Jotul F3CB to be precise. It is a relatively small (42,000 btu) high-efficiency stove out of Norway, but it is more than sufficient for our well-insulated home. The stove is located in the open con...

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

...what in the building industry is? We've found that EPS's reputation as somewhat of an environmental "no-go area" is often based on a misunderstanding of what it is, and isn't, so we'd recommend remaining open-minded until you've got all the facts. To get a quote for ThermalWall rigid foam insulation panels, see here . ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...isy? Any audible sound only lasts a few minutes a day, but nothing anywhere near what you would describe as disruptive or intruding. Do Living walls increase relative humidity? Again, we only run a few litres of water through the wall each day. Any residual moisture that you sense when sitting near the wall only ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...is 2x8 wall is the polyethylene air/vapour barrier. Inside of that is a 2x4 utility wall, holding all of the electrical, plumbing, and data cabling. This wall is also insulated with Roxul batts. Finally, a standard layer of sheetrock covers the interior walls. A big advantage of the utility wall is that all of the open...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...is important to be rigorous in monitoring costs at every stage. It’s not enough to establish a detailed budget – you need to comply with it, and track all the expenses during construction and renovations to ensure that the established budget is respected. This is where beginning with an integrated design process proves...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...is is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorative purp...

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?

...What is a blower door test? Blower door tests are becoming part of many State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...is lower, will be fed into the floor heating radiant system, which will reduce the energy demand on the heater coil. Conversely and cleverly, in summer if the heat isn't needed in the house, the heat is diverted to an air/water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. What this adds up to is Energy saving...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...what-is-passive-building/the-history-of-passive-houses http://www.phius.org/about/mission-history http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-architects-lounge/passive-house-phius-or-phi http://www.peterwarm.co.uk/the-new-residential-tfa-rules/ This article was written by Charlotte Paquin-Béchard and...