Building Lots & Infrastructure

Finding suitable building lots and managing infrastructure

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Choosing a building lot

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for. It is not illegal to sell an unbuildable lot, so buyers beware. Any number of roadblocks can prevent you from building the house you want, or any house at all, so before you make a purchase make sure you…

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

When Having a Home Built, Making better choices in design & materials is a Wise choice. Even if unconvinced about climate change, Green homes are proven to last longer, are healthier, cheaper to run & Worth More - Total Win. As the effects of climate change become more pronounced every year, it is becoming virtually…

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. Building resilient homes helps deal with climate change events, storms, floods, heatwaves, extreme cold, and saves us all money. Future-proofing homes for Climate Change:  Anticipating future climatic challenges and constructing resilient…

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

How to build on sites with expansive soils, high water tables and poor bearing capacity, and to build a frost protected shallow foundation easily in cold climates. The soil conditions of some building sites are not suitable for a slab-on-grade foundation with a thickened-edge footing without first beginning with…

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

Better houses can be cheaper to live in from day one. Why build a less comfortable, and less efficient home if it actually costs more. There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we want both of those…

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate. Future-proofing homes: Our society has a collective trust in its commercial building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very minor…

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change

Changing homes in a changing climate

The risks and costs of climate change: since insurance companies are becoming more aware of the greater threats posed by more severe weather, we had best become more aware as well. We often think of the land underneath our feet as fixed and unmoving. On a calm day, if you sit next to the ocean, it seems quite…

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…

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!). Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified…

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil

Taking the Living Building Challenge

The Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, ON sets its sights on the Living Building Challenge. The Living Building challenge is one of the toughest green building certifications to complete, and has yet to be achieved in Canada. The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit trade school in Peterborough Ontario, is setting out…

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

Rising to the global challenge of creating a more sustainable society, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability doesn't just push the bounds of sustainable building innovation and execution, it also serves as a 'living-lab' for ongoing resear. The University of British Columbia has opened the most…

Advice

How to improve the water quality in my old Mobile home?

Posted by Ann Meacham Nov. 26, 2020, 7:17 p.m. Drinking water and treatment 1 Responses

Does Hydroloop filter grey water to the extent it can be aerated?

Posted by Lindsey Hanley April 13, 2021, 9:14 a.m. Greywater Recycling 0 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

How do you make a home with clean air quality?

Posted by Megan Hensler May 5, 2022, 9:23 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses