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Tips for finding a reliable green home builder

How to choose a home-building contractor

How to find reliable green home builders in your region and what questions to ask them… How to find a certified Green Builder? It’s not common to find a reliable ‘green home listing’ or ‘green pages’ in specific regions, so choosing a quality general contractor with experience building efficient homes can be tricky. H…

Home construction

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

Choosing a building team in design and construction: weigh the options between a DIY home build, hiring a general contractor, purchasing a Pre-fab kit.… 1. Hiring an architect: We discussed previously the idea of choosing an architect that specializes in high-performance Eco-firendly home design and can co-ordinate th…

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…

Solar panel installation

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

Ten things to know that will help you get the best value out of a photovoltaic solar panel system… Diligent research is absolutely essential for any homeowner looking to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system on their home. But at some point, you need to hand the reins over to a trustworthy contractor. To get …

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating… 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs a…

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

Are you a BC builder concerned about what the new BC Energy Step Code will mean for your business? EcoHome's been writing articles about high-efficiency construction for over 10 years, so relax, we can help!… The new BC Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to pro…

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?

Free home energy audits in Canada

Take advantage of green home energy-efficiency renovation tax credits & incentives to help improve home performance. It starts with a free home energy audit, find out here what that is & how to identify which home improvements save the most money.… What is the free home energy audit? An energy audit is a home inspecti…

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 …

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 how mu…

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

Green Home Renovation Tax Credits, Net Zero Home Grants & interest free loans & incentives for home renovations will all help Canadians to live more sustainably in 2020 & beyond - Ecohome has the details...… Green Home Incentives: Net Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politic…

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.… The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair, a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and info…

Advice

How do I find a green builder in my region?

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

How hard is it to build a LEED Platinum House?

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 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

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 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

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

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