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 can…

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold climate home construction… The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to…

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

When building a new home, especially a sustainable high-performance home, planning everything out in detail will save time, money & stress, while ensuring the best possible choice of building materials for the budget… Proper planning is the key to successfully building a sustainable green home. An energy-efficient ‘ec…

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 it a…

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 Color…

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

Which type of insulation is best for reducing emissions and safely mitigating climate change? There may be a case to be made for EPS rigid insulation… Are foam insulation panels a green choice? The short story is, maybe. And the long story is, well.... When we launched Ecohome about a decade ago, the mission from the…

Choosing a building envelope

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

When it comes to choosing a building envelope there are many variables to consider: what climate zone you're building in, performance, durability, health, comfort, and of course, cost… What is the best wall system for a home?  We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED, Passive H…

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

Tips for getting out of the city and living a rural small town lifestyle…   For those that aren't made for the bustling lifestlyle of cities, small towns can be a dream come true. The nature of small towns is one of community and accessible downtown cores. Essential services like grocery stores, banks and post offices…

Interior solid pine door

Interior finishing

Whether you are renovating or building, the materials you choose for interior finishing will affect not only aesthetics, but also indoor air quality. Here is a look at the pros and cons of the different materials you will have to choose from… Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives…

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

Tips for preparing your house for winter: how to make your house more efficient to save money on heating, more durable to save disasters & maintenance issues & more comfortable to keep the family toasty through the winter… Top Tips for preparing a home for winter Extremely low temperatures over winter can test your ho…

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

Basement mold and mildew can easily be avoided with better designed walls. Common building practices trap moisture in wall assemblies preventing them from drying… That musty, moldy basement smell that we have come to accept as unavoidable, is actually quite avoidable. The solution is really quite simple - stop buildin…

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