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FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...LEED 2009 and achieve a point in the Sourcing of Raw Materials Pilot ACP under LEED v4. This is an extra reason why Ecohome used FSC certified lumber in the exceptional Edelweiss LEED Platinum certified house project. Eligibility for LEED points for certified lumber In order to achieve a LEED point, the user must v...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...LEED V4 vs. LEED 2009 – its most recent predecessor – was the rating system and dependency on project type. When the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) anounced that the LEED for Homes rating system would raise the bar with the LEED V4 program, we at EcoHome were already mulling over the idea of building a showcas...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...LEED Platinum home in Canada, he is a co-founder of Ecohome, a LEED for Homes Provider, LEED Green Rater, recipient of the 2016 Green Building Champion Award from the CaGBC, and a contributor to the LEED for Homes Rating system.

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...LEED and Passive House-ready Prefab Kit homes , prefab houses can be more affordable and more energy efficient than site-built homes for a number of reasons. The Low Carbon LEED Platinum Certified S1600 Eco Home prefab kit house First, building in the controlled atmosphere of a manufacturing facility speeds up ...

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...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...why we still drive around at high speeds while sitting on a tank full of extremely explosive liquid, polluting the air we breathe and warming the planet. But, help is on the way... Ontario's Liberal government will hand out $20 million in grants next year to help create a network of public charging stations for ele...

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?

...Buying better quality building tapes is also a very good idea; they stick better and last longer. Air sealing ventilation openings in the LEED Platinum Edelweiss House How do you do a blower door test? There is no DIY blower door YouTube video to watch; you will need to hire a professional to do it. It starts...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...LEED and Passive House-ready prefab kit house models here ; each models performs considerable better than code and usually for the same amount of money or less. LEED Platinum Eco Home prefab kit house Mandatory energy labeling Something that will come as a shock to most homeowners and buyers in the near futur...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...buy local when you can, and certainly when there are health implications on the line as well. Barn boards for interior wall finishing Reclaimed barn boards can make for beautiful interior walls. It isn’t necessarily something you’ll want on every wall of every home, but as an accent wall it can be beautiful. Like m...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

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

...why does it matter? To improve the air quality of your home , that's why! “Indoor air quality” refers to the quality of the air in any home environment. The potential impact of indoor air quality on human health nationally is important for many reasons, including: Americans spend on average about 90 percent of th...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...LEED Certification, is still seen by many as an "elitist" club reserved for the wealthy. In many ways that's why EcoHome designed and built The Edelweiss House - a Passive House Standard, but LEED V4 Platinum certified home built at the same cost as a standard North American home... Read more here. Does a Passive Hou...