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A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea? While we love the idea of compact living, driving a tiny house around is hardly good for your personal carbon footprint, so they don’t always equate to being an eco-friendly green home. Read more here about the downsides of tiny houses . But our biggest beef with tiny houses would be the F250 Super Duty...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks alternatives to MDF made with natural materials, including hemp rigid board panels and plant-based rigid foam panels. But rice, which ranks second in terms of grain production worldwide, offers a great opportunity to make use of agricultural waste materials that are currently an ecological burden. So, th...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...ecovers approximately 50% of energy with passive operation that requires no maintenance and has no moving parts. Chosen High Efficiency Low Flow Plumbing Brands : American Standard, DXV, Grohe, faucet Germain Larivière, washer and dryer Ecodrain, gray water heat recovery Healthy, durable & eco-friendly floo...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates and a tiny stand-up shower (where you would be lucky to reach all the places you want to wash), over which is a loft bedroom with little-to-no head room and a ladder smack in the middle of your kitchen or living room. This is not the case with Hayward's tiny house. He has designed a double bed on a pulley syste...

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

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

...Kitchen © Ecohome The reclaimed wood doors give the Edelweiss LEED platinum home extra points and some added charm © Ecohome Rooms are flooded with light with carefully placed windows © Ecohome Local slate was used for the b...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home? food waste from ending up in a landfill and easily get a quick start to growing your own food at home. It's also one of the best ways to convert an area of high-maintenance lawn into an eco-friendly, productive and possibly organic garden - without having to go out and buy soil, especially if the underlying c...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces herbs will all happily grow in nothing more than a recycled pallet on its side. Instructions for that can be found here. Greens , strawberries or kitchen herbs will also happily grow in sections of rain gutter which can either hang or be fixed to the side of almost any southward facing structure or in a netwo...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass cabinetry materials Visit the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages and learn how to build more durable, healthy and efficient homes.

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

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online projects for the whole family if stuck in quarantine or locked in at home during social distancing. So to keep us going until rapid and accurate coronavirus testing is possible , and we're all vaccinated, we've come up with some great ideas and those will be published over the next few weeks (suggestions w...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls, healthy, durable floors Find healthy and environmentally friendly building materials See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil See here to learn about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership .

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...econd trend is large increases in efficiency of all of the electronics used in our homes. The normal, high-efficiency, often ENERGY STAR approved appliances and other electronics of today use just a fraction of the power of their predecessors. Put all of these trends together, and it is now possible to use all off-...