natural building products / Guides

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations for home optimization

...building will consume during operation. Data regarding location and climate, building design, materials, mechanical systems and appliances is entered into a software program to determine what the overall consumption of a building will be, and to attach a rating to it. HOT2000 is a software program developed by NRCan ...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...building going on and it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. So is it realistic to think we can grow enough stuff to meet the needs of the built environment using only organic bio-based building products? At the moment there is not a huge demand for alternative natural home insulation , so by all means go buy them...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...building materials comes from natural building products such as strawbales, wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...natural environment and a laneway. Rather than trying to inhibit growth, this invites it. If you like the look of a more organic and natural environment then options start to open up in terms of both design and materials, and the DIYers will be happy because this falls more into the category of 'art' than 'geometry' ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...building insulation. And better still is when the natural alternative for these plastic based rigid foam insulation boards is a naturally derived cellulose high-performance panel with a higher R-value than current rigid insulation panels such as EPS, XPS and Styrofoam. Read more about which are the best rigid cellulose...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...building design basics , how to stay on budget while building a home , visit the Ecohome green building guide pages at North America's Green building design website, Ecohome .

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...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 hit market regularly, but what is important is when box stores opt for more eco-friendly mate...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini (and dysfunctional) basement, so you get most of the co...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...products before you purchase them, specifically when it involves health risks such as potentially adding contaminants to your home. Ecohome just completed building the Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum Home which has exceptional air quality. To ensure toxins were kept to a minimum we used Natura zero V...

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

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...building homes with less lumber, find more about green home construction and choosing sustainable and healthy building materials in the pages below and in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . How to design a home for thermal comfort and energy efficiency The best lumber choices for timber frame construc...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...products that are biocompatible with bricks and stone and are actually absorbed into the surface of the brick. The pigments of these mineral paints are natural inorganic iron oxide and are unaffected by UV rays. They are also resistant to frost and prevent the formation of fungi and molds. Applying mineral paints and...