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The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...and showers, then filtering and treating it so it can be safely and practically used. Not as drinking water of course, but for toilets and irrigation. This is a...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...and calculations, and requires assembling a dedicated team of collaborators for the design and build, including the guidance of a PHIUS consultant. Why build ...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...and orienting your greenhouse here . 2.) Insulate! Insulate the North wall and some of the East and West walls to reduce heat loss a...

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

...and screw them to your walls, but unless you understand how your existing walls are built and how they "work" in terms of keeping moisture, heat and cold where ...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...And here's the really crazy part - building better houses means more money injected into the local economy through added labour and materials, and lower monthly...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always the case. On average, high performance homes seem to cost between 5 and 15...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...and start mixing concrete. The one type of soil that may cause you grief and have you revisit your plans would be if you are building on clay. Clay will expan...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...and the main drivers and obstacles for using prefab and modular building and the benefits achieved, the study focused on the architects, engineers and contracto...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...and designers to calculate the embedded energy of a building design, which means materials can be swapped in the design phase to keep the footprint as low as po...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and is an experienced green building project m...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...and homes. With the introduction of LEED V4, PHIUS+ and Zero Energy Ready Home standards across the US and Canada, supported by higher performance building co...