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Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

Those setting out to build an efficient, sustainable or even net zero home in the USA or Canada, or to renovate an existing home for lower energy costs and better comfort, need to ask first; "what climate zone am I in?"… The first step to building a durable and energy-efficient home in North America, including Passive…

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

Zero-carbon housing & zero-energy housing are terms used interchangeably to define single family dwellings with a very high energy efficiency rating - but the overall calculation includes many other factors & should insist on good internal air quality… The low carbon footprint of the S1600 kit house The Ecohabitation…

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 i…

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

Prefabricated & modular construction is growing as the building industry starts to realize the full potential of building homes in the controlled atmosphere of a factory; a new report reveals some interesting facts… Following on from our predictions for green construction in 2020, Dodge Data & Analytics just released…

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…

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020… Top Sustainable Construction Trends for 2020 There are always new green building products coming out that lead to more efficient, more durable or more eco-friendly homes. But most of what grabbed our attention this past year, and the things that we will see through 2020…

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

The carbon footprint of a building is the sum of 2 things; the embodied carbon from construction & the energy used once built. The EC3 tool from Skanska calculates a building's embodied carbon… EC3 - Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings EC3 Tool – The background - The interest in the environmental impact of buil…

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems… So what is a smart home? When paired with intelligent and connected home devices, the phones that most of us carry in our pockets can make our homes safer, more comfortable and durable, and reduce our home energy consum…

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

Dense materials hold more heat than light fluffy stuff does. This can work for or against you… Materials in a home that act as thermal mass are things like concrete, masonry, ceramic tiles, even a large volume of wood like timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal mass in a building can be an adva…

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes…   This article was inspired by a podcast I heard at Positive Energy, where I have yet to hear a podcast that I didn't want to listen to a second time, so check them o…

Thermal batteries for passive solar design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed… What is a thermal battery? Thermal mass of any kind can by definition be called a thermal battery, as it has the ability to store heat. In the context of a house, that…

News

#BuildingLife #WGBW2019

This week is World Green Building Week - & EcoHome makes its pledge

This World Green Building Week, (as well as every week!) we’re #BuildingLife and exploring how we can create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all… World Green Building Week (23 – 29 September 2019) is an annual campaign that motivates and empowers us all to deliver greener buildings - somet…

Smart Homes of the Future, Survey reveals what Adults & Kids think sustainable

The Future of Smart Homes, a recent survey explores how our homes will change to respond to climate change

With climate change on everyone's lips, this UK survey of over 2000 people gives some interesting insights on their thoughts about homes in the future… Smart Homes of the Future  On one hand we have what "the experts" think Smart Homes of the future will be like, with 'Intelligent' temperature-controlled bed sheets an…

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declared by UK Architects

UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Buildings & Construction play a major part in climate change & biodiversity loss - nearly 40% of CO2 emissions - EcoHome signed the Pledge… Climate change & biodiversity loss are a fact - so what can we do? Climate change & biodiversity loss are the most serious issues we can have a positive impact on by changing some…

Carbon Emissions in the US reduced in 2019 - IEA Report Reveals

Carbon emissions declined in US in 2019 - a glimmer of hope for climate change goals?

How is the world doing in lowering carbon emissions and meeting global climate change goals? The latest report by the International Energy Agency looks at 2019 to find out… This week the International Energy Agency released its report on global CO2 emissions, which totaled 33 gigatons of carbon released globally in 20…

Advice

Is there a minimum build size for new homes in Quebec?

Posted by Heidi Conrod May 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m. Planning and Design 0 Responses

Where can I find certified Green builders in ?

Posted by David Gonzalez March 25, 2020, 4:14 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 3 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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