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Colorado state university research helping reduce over-use of antibiotics

Colorado state university research helping reduce over-use of antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health challenge, which is accelerated by the overuse of antibiotics worldwide. Increased antimicrobial resistance is the cause of severe infections, complications, longer hospital stays and increased mortality. After the last year I think we can all use  some good news; thi…

Carbon negative concrete CMU blocks

Carbon negative concrete goes into pioneering “green” CMU blocks – Quebec leads the way!

Carbon negative concrete CMU blocks, available soon across North Eastern America & Canada, a huge step forward & a significant impact to the carbon dioxide production of a standard cinder block or concrete masonry unit. Production just started in Quebec of a ground-breaking CMU block that is carbon-negative, thanks to…

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? How to know if it's happening, & how to fix it if it does? We're glad you asked, as it can cause serious & costly damage within the structure of our homes. As a precursor to a new post exploring everything you wanted to know about Dry Rot but were afraid to ask, we…

Tiny Houses are going to be legal in Santa Cruz, California!

Tiny Houses are going to be legal in Santa Cruz, California!

Tiny Homes, Tiny Houses on Wheels (or Thows), Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), Coach Houses, these are all variations on a theme for affordable, less impactful homes. The main issue to date has been Building Code which was unfavorable to Tiny Homes . Living in a Tiny House in California is getting easier all the time…

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

Roofs - all homes have them in one form or another, and they're a potential cause of all manner of problems effecting the durability and performance of homes. Roof ventilation needs to be adapted to the type of roof and the climate. It is pretty much inevitable that at least some warm, moist air from living areas will…

The Top Construction Trends for USA & Canada in 2021!

Our Top Home Building Trends for 2021!

With home construction trends for 2021 look towards Net Zero Energy homes, water efficiency, carbon neutral construction, eco friendly prefab kit houses and more - fueled by Government incentives, the future looks Green. After a look back at our predictions for green building trends in 2020, we weren’t really far off…

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

Frost heaving of home foundations, basements, decks & garden walls in cold climates can cause issues - especially in clay soils that hold water - Ecohome built to prevent frost heave recently, here's what we did. Frost protected foundations - essential in cold climates Protecting homes and buildings in cold climates f…

Greenwashing - CMA Launches a New Investigation to Recognize it and Stop It

The UK Competition and Markets Authority is investigating "Greenwashing" of Products - Good!

We dislike product "Greenwashing," so it's music to our ears that the CMA in the UK will investigate descriptions and labels used to promote products and services claiming to be ‘eco-friendly’ with Worldwide implications. So what is product Greenwashing? Greenwashing eh? Heard the one about the "Natural Insulation" ri…

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First IREE Certification

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First Retrofit IREE Certification

Toronto's Woodgreen Project leads the way for energy retrofits in affordable Green housing in achieving the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification. Efficiency Capital’s energy efficiency retrofit project across several WoodGreen Community Housing buildings is the first project in Canada to achieve the I…

California adds $1,500 incentive for new electric vehicles - Nov 2020

California adds $1,500 incentive for new electric vehicles! Total state + fed incentives = up to $13.5K

Total state + federal incentives in California for buying or indeed leasing a new electric vehicle are now up to $13.5K. There's some good news (finally!) for the Californians among us who want to drive Electric Vehicles in 2020!  As you may have already heard, California has created a “Clean Fuel Rewards” program, wh…

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

High-performance suspended-film insulating glass windows may offer the perfect solution of window performance, window cost & window weight. As early versions of suspended coated film windows had issues, we took another look & review the LiteZone units. Why suspended-film insulating glass windows may be a game-changer …

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

One of the questions we're often asked is about noisy baseboard heaters. They click, they bang, they tick, tick, tick constantly, and most of all, electric baseboard heaters or hot water heated baseboard heaters keep people awake. So, how to fix that. Noisy baseboard heaters -yeah, it's a thing... Over the years we’ve…

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

What does 'FSC Certified' mean on Wood & Lumber Products? Choosing FSC Certified Lumber and Paper Products means it comes from sustainably managed forests and helps to protect old growth forests - which is good. What is "FSC Certified" lumber? The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, not-for-profit or…

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

As so many searches are done online for Radon Gas Maps, Radon Gas safe levels and Radon Maps by State of USA or Province of Canada - We decided to stress the importance of testing for Radon gas in homes as November is Radon Awareness Month. Radon gas maps - levels by State or Province Radon maps show where the risk of…

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

We were told about the PowerPod compact home wind turbine appearing on a Kickstarter campaign, but having seen a fair few home wind turbines in the past that failed to deliver on their promises, Ecohome decided to investigate. Countless inventors are stepping up to the plate with the latest and greatest green technol…

The tallest Passive House in the world will soon be built in Vancouver BC

Passive House reaches new heights in Vancouver Canada!

Ecohome has a number of awards for building groundbreaking sustainable homes, but Passive House projects on this scale are breathtaking in the way they are pushing the boundaries - Hats off to Architect Tom Wright. Vancouver, Canada established their place as a leader in reducing carbon footprints of cities and homes…

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

Everywhere we look online we see cool & beautiful furniture like beds & headboards made from recycled wood from shipping pallets - but could they be slowly poisoning us? Here's how to keep pallet furniture safe. Pallet Beds - cool but potentially dangerous! We've all seen these rustic shabby-chic pallet wood beds & he…

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

If the recycling bin is overflowing with large plastic jugs & packaging from everyday grocery purchases maybe it's time to be a little more eco-friendliy with Tru Earth Laundry Eco-Strips laundry detergent? We put them to the test. Do Tru-Earth Eco-Strips laundry detergent actually get clothes clean? Any new product s…

Renewable energy wind farm

What is clean energy?

If you want to improve your carbon footprint but can't afford your own rooftop solar array, you can purchase clean energy credits and have renewable energy offset your power use. What is the cleanest energy?  Despite how commonly  the term ‘clean energy’ is used, there is actually no such thing. At least not in the po…