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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 adv…

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 …

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, tha…

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 that i…

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 things…

R values and insulation performance

Understanding thermal performance

Study shows there are more factors at play beyond simply the R value of materials in determining the thermal performance of buildings.… First published in ecoHouse Canada The thermal performance of wall assemblies and insulation products has long been characterized using R-value, a metric which describes thermal resis…

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…

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…

BC Energy Step Code - Building Sustainable Homes in Canada

BC Leads the way in energy efficient housing and green job creation though the BC Energy Step Code

BC Energy Step Code - A step in the right direction for Sustainable home building in Canada… This step follows in the path of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative, which began in 2009, with the Greenest City Action Team masterminded & co-chaired by Gregor Robertson, at that time Mayor of Vancouver, and David R. B…

Advice

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 1 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

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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