Building Lots & Infrastructure

Finding suitable building lots and managing infrastructure

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Choosing a building lot

What to look for when buying a building lot

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 ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

How to build decks with greater durability - permits, deck materials, railings, foundations & construction techniques for longer lasting decks including natural wood finishing oils & stains… Deck building topics for durable deck construction: Meeting setbacks and getting building permits in Canada & US Creat...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

Skylights offer natural light in a home but account for a lot of heat loss and can cause problems in cold climates. Here are some tips for selection and installation.… So are skylights a good or bad idea? It has been said that there are two kinds of skylights; those that leak, and those that are going to leak. Th...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

The basics on passive heating and cooling homes, as when building a green high performance & healthy home, free heat is a good start… What is Passive Solar Heating & Cooling? Passive heating and cooling of homes is not new. The above image is of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings in ...

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

A simple checklist for home buyers - visual clues that can help indicate the quality and durability of a home.… The following are some things to think about while evaluating a home before making an offer. If you're a driver: Check the route from the house to your place of work on Google traffic maps to estimate h...

Polished concrete floors and counters

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Non-toxic and durable finish for polished concrete floors, especially when using natural beeswax floor polishes for the Eco-friendly Green Building choice for finishing a concrete floor beautifully.… Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make i...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building a home

Solid wood & various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating & finishing homes. Here is a rundown on the different lumber products to choose from & their proper construction applications when building houses.… Framing timber choices for house building Framing lumber, also known as structural wood, is...

Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and ener

Green home improvements: a pyramid scheme that actually works!

There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 8 home improvement tips with the greatest return.… Not everyone who wants to be 'green' has a wad of bills they can throw at the latest and greatest technologies. So where should you apply the capital you ...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

Both Plywood & OSB have benefits & drawbacks, with much misinformation about Permeability - EcoHOME investigates the latest Data for new Code to help make the best choice… OSB v Plywood - Which is Best? Odds are, that if you pass a housing development of wood-framed houses, it will have OSB (oriented strand board...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation when building a Green Home means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed.… Home Insulation, How Much do I need & Where? Think of the heat in your home as if it were water behind a dam, and t...

Ice dam

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs.… Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs.  When snow melts on a roof it runs down until it meets the unheated bottom edge of a r...

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