Why build leed / Guides

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...why you are losing water. That is certainly the case in regards to designing and building a new home, as the cost difference for going the minimum code "traditional" contruction route or choosing a LEED, Passive House or even Zero Net Energy Home is now so minimal (if you're talking to the right Home Builders, it's a...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...buildings that follow high performance standards like LEED and other programs can help reduce the rate of climate change, how else can we adapt? Why do we need to build more resilient homes? How do we build more resilient homes? How are builders adjusting to meet these new challenges? How can we choose more sui...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...buildings like LEED certified, Passive House, ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer Rate, preferably via an HRV or ERV unit to control the energy losses from essential ventilation . Yo...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...builders more paths to certification. There’s nothing wrong with builders preferring one Passive House certification over another, or even one Green Building certification over another. PHI, PHIUS, LEED, NetZero, Zero Energy, Novoclimat, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge all have their raison d’être and were all...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...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 purposes h...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...building materials, wood particle board panels containing formaldehyde in kitchens and furnishings, toxic chemicals in personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. This is why its so important to be extra careful when choosing a kitchen for a new-build property or home renovation - be sure to ask you...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...Building Guide pages at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building codes, building materials, and how we condition our homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with better ventilation like HRV's or ERV's or air conditioning. There is also much more understanding of how buildings work and why walls can fail in a home with air c...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...build our passivhaus? To keep costs low, we wanted to finalize the plans after getting some “reality checks” from a builder who actually swung a hammer. As with the architects, the builders I called seemed keen to work on a small house. But the enthusiasm ended once I explained the Passive House element. “Why the hel...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...build an interior wall of brick is not the cheapest wall you will ever have but they are of course beautiful, durable, low maintenance, and it can help reduce sound transmission through party walls of attached homes. It isn’t usually hard to find used bricks, see here our page about where to buy and sell used building ...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...building techniques here : Are low-flow showerheads worth it? Water efficient toilets for reduced water use - USA & Canada Rainwater recovery and irrigation Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about gre...