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NAHB finds Slab on Grade Foundations are Most Popular in 2020

Home foundation trends in 2020 are encouraging for sustainability as slab on grade wins

The National Association of Home Builders just completed a study of home foundation trends for 2020 in the US, and the results were both surprising and encouraging! Slab on grade foundations are a clear winner. It's slab on grade foundations for the win! The NAHB study showed that 65% of new single-family home starts…

Making home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes or horse chestnuts

How to make Eco-friendly DIY Buckeye / Horse Chestnut laundry soap

See our DIY instructional video of how to make your own chemical-free laundry soap with Buckeyes, Horse nuts, Chestnuts or Conkers! Whatever you like to call them, we won't think you're nuts. Buckeyes/ Horse Chestnuts can be used to make DIY laundry soap - who knew? The mission of Ecohome goes beyond providing sustain…

Formica targets Net Carbon Neutral countertop products for 2030

Formica Corporation Announces New Sustainability Goals, Targets Net Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Annual Sustainability Position Paper to detail Formica Corporation’s progress It has been conclusively shown that homebuyers are increasingly looking for green and energy efficient homes, not just for their own benefits but as members of a global community. Homes built with sustainable non-toxic building materials pro…

Help Us to Help You - 3 Min Survey - Why Eco Homes are the Future

How Can We Help With Your Green Home Project?

Visitors to Ecohome are looking for help & advice for their sustainable construction projects - well, it's our turn to ask for your help. By taking a few minutes to share some insights about your green construction goals, we can plan for the future. Ecohome is a global pioneer in promoting sustainable housing, and for…

Water Efficiency News - Trump showerhead laws reversed by Biden

Trump shower head rules reversed by Biden - Water Efficiency is Back !

Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take to Green up our homes. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. We were pleased to hear this week that the Department of Energy in the US…

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

Natural gas for heating & cooking in homes is so convenient & relatively affordable - so why have governments & local cities across North America & Europe taken the radical decision to phase it out, & when is natural gas going to be banned. So why is natural gas being phased out?   Natural gas is being phased out of n…

Canadian new vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2035

Canada requires all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in 2035 to produce no emissions

Sustainable transport solutions can significantly contribute towards reduced emissions and improving air quality - especially around cities - so Canada is mandating that all vehicles sold in Canada are to be zero emissions by 2035. To build a cleaner and more prosperous economy that creates good jobs while working to…

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

As much as we want to see homes that are built sustainably - they must also fulfil their primary function - to provide safe, comfortable, healthy shelter for families to thrive - so durability and good design is key. I’m writing this during a heat wave in June, 2021, as much of the US and Canada seem poised to experie…

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

Spray foam insulation has been used primarily for home renovations as a way of sealing and insulating in one step, but spray foam is now even finding a home in new build - but, is it safe? Is spray foam insulation the best idea. There is a plethora of home improvement shows demonstrating how easy it is to buy, renovat…

Alternative wall coverings to drywall

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

Drywall is the most common interior finish surface inside homes due to ease and affordability. But there are options! see below for the best natural healthy alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls. Walls in residential homes are almost exclusively finished using gypsum board (either recycled or synthetic)…

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

Deep home retrofits through grants and interest-free loans to make your home more energy-efficient were a promise by Trudeau and the Liberals and now in 2021, it looks like they're becoming a reality. The Canada Greener Homes Grant scheme is investing $2.6 billion over 7 years to help up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners…

Canada Greener Homes Grants Program 2021 Launches for Home Efficiency

Canada Greener Homes Grants retrofit program is launched

The Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 is to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow domestic green supply chains, and help fight climate change. Canada launches $2.6B of home improvement grants  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Mi…

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

Canadian homeowners, with 2021's grants it's time to improve home insulation, to upgrade heating systems to more efficient ones like heat pumps, to install solar panels and replace old and leaky windows and doors. How and why to claim the Canada greener homes grant Buildings, including homes, account for 18% of Canada…

Toboom - Winner of Formica Canada’s Industrial Design Competition

Canadian students win first prize at Formica’s 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition

This year marked the fourth year Formica Canada ran it's FORM design competition, and the second year that it was won by Canadian design students. Formica Canada runs an annual design competition called the FORM Student Innovation Competition, and it has been won by University of Montreal students Bénédicte Laurent an…

CarbonCure low carbon footprint ready mix concrete

Two startups cutting emissions from the use of concrete have won the $20 million Carbon Xprize.

Ecohome encourage anyone building with some ready mix concrete to check if there is a local supplier of CarbonCure to help reduce the carbon footprint of your build. A while back Ecohome was pleased to find and report on some upcoming technologies that were producing Low-carbon and carbon-neutral concrete. Buildings…

Carbon Tax USA & Canada - If it brings investment to lower carbon then it's good

Carbon tax in Canada or USA – How More Tax might be a Good Thing

Raising taxes is usually something that dips into all wallets - but the Carbon tax, applied correctly to target consumption, may be the best thing that ever happened for the North American construction industry and homeowners. I was a carpenter/contractor for decades, during and in between university. In 2008 an old i…

Ikea - Just How Sustainable is the Swedish Big-Box Furniture Retailer?

Ikea Sustainability and their new Sell-Back Program

When we think of Big-Box Stores & Retailers we don't generally think of sustainability - we think of a "pile it high & sell it cheap" disposable mentality - but we've been discovering that Ikea, the worlds largest furniture retailer, is at least trying. So here’s a new situation – We find that a certain corporation is…

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

Swimming in your own home pool is a great way to stay fit, enjoy time with the family, and top up your vitamin D. But beyond the purchase price, what does it cost to run and clean swimming pools, and how can we best reduce energy costs. Energy efficient & Eco friendly swimming pools - are they even a thing?!  The curr…

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

With the cost of lumber at an all time high, and some suggesting it may hit +300%, we decided to look at how we can still build high performance yet affordable homes. The cost of lumber is at an all time high, and because of that fact, other wall assemblies are showing themselves to be more affordable in comparison. S…