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Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

Fitting a long-term roofing solution hasn't been the norm in the US & Canada, but times they are a changing and sustainable homes are gaining in popularity the Tesla solar roof tiles are starting to make sense… The Telsa solar roof tiles are in the news again. They now have solar panel shingle installations going in 8…

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

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

The tiny house movement is a fascinating trend that draws attention to one of the greatest problems with the housing industry; how big our homes have become. But the custom homes being built on trailer beds have many limitations, mainly because they need to comply with the rules of the road as a vehicle. So they aren’…

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020

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

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020… Top Sustainable Construction Trends for 2020 There are always new green building products coming out that lead to more efficient, more durable or more eco-friendly homes. But most of what grabbed our attention this past year, and the things that we will see through 2020, …

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

Natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose (including grass based), wood fiber, straw and cotton act as carbon storage and reduce embodied energy and carbon footprint of homes & buildings.… Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment,…

World's First All Electric Commercial Aircraft Test Flight Richmond Vancouver BC

World's First All-electric Commercial Aircraft - Successful Test Flight Richmond Vancouver BC

Harbour Air, the largest seaplane operator in North America, is on course to become the world’s first all-electric seaplane carrier, with test flights of a retrofitted de Havilland Beaver set to take to the skies over Vancouver… The Gulf Islands off Vancouver BC are awesome, as is the excitement of taking a float-plan…

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

Fitting extra insulation to an older home when renovating can be a great idea, but when insulating exterior walls from the outside take care to do it right. Ecohome investigates the easiest ways to retro-fit insulation to walls.… How to insulate house walls from the outside Adding extra insulation to the exterior wall…

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

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

The carbon footprint of a building is the sum of 2 things; the embodied carbon from construction & the energy used once built. The EC3 tool from Skanska calculates a building's embodied carbon… EC3 - Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings EC3 Tool – The background - The interest in the environmental impact of buil…

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain in winter and runs down the wall can mean hidden issues in our homes - What causes fogged up windows, how big a problem is it and, most importantly, how do we stop it?… Condensation on Windows – Is it Bad? It’s that time of year when condensation on windows becomes a pain, we wake up…

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

Find the builders and see the homes that succeeded in the Net Zero Energy Canadian pilot project. In the EcoHome green building guide pages you can learn to build a Net Zero Energy Home that can withstand a climate change.… Net Zero Energy Homes pilot program goals The goal of the R-2000 Net Zero Energy homes pilot pr…

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?

Free home energy audits in Canada

Take advantage of green home energy-efficiency renovation tax credits & incentives to help improve home performance. It starts with a free home energy audit, find out here what that is & how to identify which home improvements save the most money.… What is the free home energy audit? An energy audit is a home inspecti…

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Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

Green Home Renovation Tax Credits, Net Zero Home Grants & interest free loans & incentives for home renovations will all help Canadians to live more sustainably in 2020 & beyond - Ecohome has the details...… Green Home Incentives: Net Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politic…

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

EV Home chargers are a relatively new thing for consumers to choose, so new that most people don't know they are really called EVSE's! Learn about EVSE's here, and how to choose which are the best...… Which is the best home EV charger? That depends... Here's a suprising fact for many new EV owners - the charger for a …

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

Are you a BC builder concerned about what the new BC Energy Step Code will mean for your business? EcoHome's been writing articles about high-efficiency construction for over 10 years, so relax, we can help!… The new BC Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to pro…

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

A blower door test identifies air leakage in a home; you can find and fix those air leaks for a more airtight, mold & rot-free and energy-efficient sustainable green home.… What is a blower door test? Blower door tests are becoming part of many State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Cod…

SUMO EV Car Sharing Launched in White Rock & Surrey BC

New EV car-sharing program SUMO launched in Surrey & White Rock, British Columbia

New EV car-sharing program launched in Surrey & White Rock, British Columbia, 2000 electric vehicles promised for SUMO - first in Canada… Shared Use Mobility Company Inc (SUMO) launches car sharing  A developer in South Surrey / White Rock BC is launching an all-electric car-share company that intends to make 2,000 sh…

#BuildingLife #WGBW2019

This week is World Green Building Week - & EcoHome makes its pledge

This World Green Building Week, (as well as every week!) we’re #BuildingLife and exploring how we can create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all… World Green Building Week (23 – 29 September 2019) is an annual campaign that motivates and empowers us all to deliver greener buildings - somet…

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BC Energy Step Code - Building Sustainable Homes in Canada

BC Leads the way in energy efficient housing and green job creation though the BC Energy Step Code

BC Energy Step Code - A step in the right direction for Sustainable home building in Canada… This step follows in the path of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative, which began in 2009, with the Greenest City Action Team masterminded & co-chaired by Gregor Robertson, at that time Mayor of Vancouver, and David R. B…

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

The first home in British Columbia to meet international Passive House Standards also doubles as affordable housing for Whistler families, proving that building energy efficient homes can be affordable as well as sustainable.… The Rainbow Duplex in Whistler was a BC First The passive solar design and orientation of ho…

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

One of the first decisions when building a home is what type of foundations to sit your home on - cold-climates, termites, problem expansive clay soils, insulation & vapor & radon barriers all need to be considered...… What is the difference between a slab on grade & a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected…