Roofing

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Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

Learn the steps to creating a successful commercial green roof - concept, design and maintenance. Commercial Green Roof Case Study AB Canada Nestled in the Oldman River valley in Lethbridge Alberta, the green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) has been attracting local and international attention from visi…

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

Learn how to fix Ice dams on your roof before they cause damage. 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 roof and then freezes. This chunk of ice is called an…

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

A roof leak isn't really a roof leak if it’s leaking in on a sunny spring day as the snow finally starts to thaw. It's more likely a build up of frost and ice in your roof space - so how to prevent it. Frost in Attics: why is there Ice in my roof?  When a warm sunny day arrives after a long cold stretch and it seems l…

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house

DIY green roof installation video

A living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly. DIY Green Roof Installation The following DIY green roof video shows the steps needed to ensure your green roof will not leak. Watch more Green Building Guide videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building…

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

Mineral wool batts being installed in roof for a total of R95 - Contributing to a LEED Platinum V4 certification for EcoHome's Edelweiss House. Mineral wool roof insulation used to best effect: Watch more Green Building Video Guides on the EcoHome YouTube Channel here The Ecohome's Edelweiss House LEED Platinum certi…

Metal roof with solar panels

How to choose roofing materials

Choose durable roofing materials that will last through wind, precipitation and exposure to U.V rays. 1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of installing asphalt…

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better. How to grow vegetables & fruits in a garden Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, so w…

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

How to identify and choose plants that are native to your region. Invasive plants are defined as plants from other continents, countries or even other regions of Canada. Humans have been introducing foreign plants to new lands since the 17th century, for horticultural, agricultural or medicinal purposes. Due to a lack…

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so The…

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-friendly home design and can co-ordinate the…

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…

News

Chicago green roof

Toronto Bylaw to Mandate Green Roofs

Toronto will soon see an explosion of green space in the downtown core as residential and commercial buildings comply with new bylaws. In the process we will see a cooler city, cleaner air, cleaner water and lower utility costs. All that and a great place. It's becoming increasingly more common to hear of record break…

New Tiny House Laws in San Jose California Passed

Tiny Houses on Wheels Approved in San Jose, California

Ordinance Approval Will Permit Movable Tiny Homes as Habitable Accessory Dwelling units (ADU) & changes the laws for tiny houses on wheels in California. Tiny house living is a growing trend across the US and Canada, but the question ‘are tiny homes green?’ has always been a hard one to answer since most cities have…

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground. Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are severely overpopulated. Even in o…

The tallest Passive House in the world will soon be built in Vancouver BC

Passive House reaches new heights in Vancouver Canada!

Ecohome has a number of awards for building groundbreaking sustainable homes, but Passive House projects on this scale are breathtaking in the way they are pushing the boundaries - Hats off to Architect Tom Wright. Vancouver, Canada established their place as a leader in reducing carbon footprints of cities and homes…

Advice

Do you have any framing schematics for an extensive green roof?

Posted by Eric Anderson May 28, 2021, 12:53 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

Posted by Nadia Naderi Oct. 8, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

how can I find diy green roof supplies in the Vancouver area?

Posted by Rachel Riding April 13, 2020, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses