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How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...VIDEOs about passive solar home design & construction here This is the first in a series of videos on passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool with natural sha...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...videos here The Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building material used for roofing in North America is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your roof before heading to a landfill. A properly installed green roof has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingle...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...videos here Read more on interior air quality in the EcoHome Green Building Guides Thanks to our sponsor CGC for taking part in the Edelweiss House project.

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...Videos suscribe to our YouTube channel to see the the Edelweiss House being built from the ground up. Cork flooring installation guide: Now that you know all about Cork Flooring Installation, check the Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages for other options such as How to Choose Eco-Friendly healthy, durable & Beaut...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...VIDEOS Once a decision has been made to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation , you need to know how to finish the edge off durably. Typically the exterior edge of a slab on grade is made of EPS foam and can be parged. Having used rigid Rockwool panels meant we needed an additional solid exterior surface...

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

...videos The Ecohome Demo House has a vapour permeable exterior air barrier and with an ACH rate of .69 is many times more airtight than the average new home. Air leakage can be responsible for up to 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home and cause significant moisture damage in walls, as one small hole can be responsibl...

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
Bathrooms

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...videos Toilets usually account for about a third of the indoor water use of a home , so toilets that carry the EPA WaterSense® label are a great place to start looking. Then comes the choice of either single flush or dual flush- it's a bit of a toss up but in the end we chose to go with single flush models, because...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...videos such as DIY radiant floor tube installation and episode 1 of our green home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive solar home design , Passive House contruction , how to build slab on grade on bad soil , and anything you need to ...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...VIDEOS FOR SLAB ON GRADE FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION Polyethylene barriers below slab floors serve two purposes - to prevent moisture from wicking into concrete and disbursing it into homes, also to create a radon barrier. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil, a result of decomposing uranium in the ground. So it's ev...

The Hemloft, Joel Allen's secret treehouse near Whistler, BC
Tiny house

This Cool treehouse near Whistler, BC became a global sensation because it used recycled materials off Craigslist!

...videos and read the full story of this amazing tiny home treehouse here on Joel's blog. The Hemloft,Joel Allen's secret treehouse © Geoff Steventon via flickr