These Terms of Service (“Terms”) are a contract between site Visitors (“Visitors” - comprising “Users” & “Members”) and Ecohome Network Inc (“The Ecohome Network”). They govern use of The Ecohome Network’s sites, services, mobile apps, products, and content (“Services”).
Visitors of The Ecohome Network agree to these Terms. If a Visitor doesn’t agree to any of these Terms, they can’t use The Ecohome Network website(s) and should leave.
The Ecohome Network can change these Terms at any time. If a change is material, we let subscribed Members know before they take effect. By using The Ecohome Network on or after that effective date, Visitors agree to the new Terms. If Members don’t agree to the new terms, they should delete their account before they take effect, otherwise their use of the site and content will be subject to the new Terms.
This Agreement and those annexed or referred to set forth the legally binding terms for your use of the Services whether you are simply a “Visitor” (which means you are just browsing the Services) or an “Authorized User” (also known as “Member”), which means you have registered to use them. Collectively, Visitors and Authorized Users are referred to as “Users” or individually as a “User” or “you”.
Content rights & responsibilities
Contributing Members own the rights to the content they create until posted on The Ecohome Network.
By posting content to The Ecohome Network, Members give us a nonexclusive license to publish it on The Ecohome Network Services, including anything reasonably related to publishing it (like storing, displaying, reformatting, and distributing it). In consideration for The Ecohome Network granting Members access to and use of the Services, Members agree that The Ecohome Network may enable advertising on the Services, including in connection with the display of the Member created content or other information. We may also use Member content to promote The Ecohome Network, including its products and content. We will never sell Member content to third parties without explicit Member permission, but we may license full or partial use of content to third parties in binding them to the applicable Terms between The Ecohome Network and their Member.
Members are responsible for the content they post. This means Members also assume all risks related to it, including someone else’s reliance on its accuracy, or claims relating to intellectual property or other legal rights.
Members are welcome to post content on The Ecohome Network that they’ve published elsewhere, if they have the rights needed to do so. By posting content to The Ecohome Network, Members represent that doing so doesn’t conflict with any other agreement they’ve made.
By posting content Members didn’t create to The Ecohome Network, they are representing that they have the right to do so. For example, when posting a work that’s in the public domain, used under license (including a free license, such as Creative Commons), or a fair use.
We can remove any content posted for any reason.
Members can request deletion of any of their posts, or of their account, anytime. Processing the deletion may take a little time, but we’ll do it as quickly as possible. We may keep backup copies of deleted posts or accounts on our servers after they are deleted. We may elect to keep created URL’s live related to content and replace deleted content with another or other article(s) pertinent (or not) to the original.
Our content and services
We reserve all rights in The Ecohome Network’s look and feel. Some parts of The Ecohome Network may be licensed under third-party open source licenses. We may also make some of our own code available under open source licenses.
As for other parts of The Ecohome Network, it is forbidden to copy or adapt any portion of our code or visual design elements (including logos) without express written permission from The Ecohome Network unless otherwise permitted by law.
No Visitor, User or Member may do, or try to do, the following: (1) access or tamper with non-public areas of the Services, our computer systems, or the systems of our technical providers; (2) access or search the Services by any means other than the currently available, published interfaces (e.g., APIs) that we provide; (3) forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use the Services to send altered, deceptive, or false source-identifying information; or (4) interfere with, or disrupt, the access of any user, host, or network, including sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Services, or by scripting the creation of content or accounts in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on the Services.
Crawling the Services is allowed if done in accordance with the provisions of our robots.txt file, but scraping the Services for commercial purposes is prohibited unless authorised in writing the Ecohome Network Inc .
We may change, terminate, or restrict access to any aspect of the service, at any time, without notice.
The Ecohome Network is only for people 13 years old and over. By using The Ecohome Network, Users & Members affirm that they are over 13. If we learn someone under 13 is a Member of The Ecohome Network, we’ll terminate their account.
If you find a security vulnerability on The Ecohome Network, tell us. We have a bug reward disclosure program.
Incorporated rules and policies
To enable a functioning community, we have Rules. To ensure usernames are distributed and used fairly, we have a Username Policy. Under our DMCA Policy, we’ll remove material after receiving a valid takedown notice. Under our Trademark Policy, we’ll investigate any use of another’s trademark and respond appropriately. The Ecohome Network allows you to access certain augmented features or content in exchange for subscribing as a member, as applicable (the “Member Services”). Your subscription and any other use of the Member Services are subject to the Ecohome Network Membership Terms of Service.
By using The Ecohome Network, you agree to follow these Rules and Policies. If Visitors don’t, we may remove content, or suspend or delete any account or accounts at our discretion.
Use of the Site is at your own risk. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your downloading and/or use of files, information, communications, Content, or other material (including without limitation software) accessed through or obtained by means of the Site. Under no circumstances shall The Ecohome Network or its affiliates, or any provider of telecommunications or network services for The Ecohome Network or its affiliates, be liable for any indirect, punitive, special or consequential damages that are directly or indirectly related to the use of, or the inability to use, the Site or Fee-Based Services, even if The Ecohome Network, its affiliates, or their providers of telecommunications or network services have been advised of the possibility of such damages. THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF The Ecohome Network AND ITS AFFILIATES HEREUNDER IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESS AND USE OF THE FEE-BASED SERVICES. YOU HEREBY RELEASE The Ecohome Network AND THE AFFILIATES FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES AND CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF THIS LIMITATION. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless The Ecohome Network and its affiliates and its and their directors, officers, employees and representatives from and against any and all liability and costs incurred in connection with any claim arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of your obligations set forth herein or your use of the Site, Content, Discussions and Fee-Based Services. The Ecohome Network reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and you shall not in any event settle any matter without the written consent of The Ecohome Network. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim.
Disclaimer of warranty. The Ecohome Network provides the Services to Visitors as is. Visitors use them at their own risk and discretion. That means they don’t come with any warranty. None expressed, none implied. No implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, availability, security, title or non-infringement.
Limitation of Liability. The Ecohome Network won’t be liable for any damages that arise from using the Services. This includes if the Services are hacked or unavailable. This includes all types of damages (indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary). And it includes all kinds of legal claims, such as breach of contract, breach of warranty, tort, or any other loss.
Communications. You agree to keep your contact information up to date and accurate, and to register ecohome.net email addresses with your email provider so that ecohome.net emails are not diverted from your inbox. The Ecohome Network is not responsible for failure to notify you of updates to the content or charges to your stored credit card if the email address listed with your Registration Information isn’t valid, or if the messages are failing to reach you.
No waiver. If The Ecohome Network doesn’t exercise a particular right under these Terms, that doesn’t waive it.
Severability. If any provision of these terms is found invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, Visitors agree that the court should try to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision and that other provisions of the Terms will remain in full effect.
Choice of law and jurisdiction. These Terms are governed by Canadian law, without reference to its conflict of law’s provisions. You agree that any suit arising from the Services must take place in a court located in BC Canada.
Entire agreement. These Terms (including any document incorporated by reference into them) are the whole agreement between The Ecohome Network and Visitors concerning the Services.
Government use. If using The Ecohome Network for the U.S. Government, this Amendment to The Ecohome Network’s Terms of Service applies to you.
What we do
The Ecohome Network is an objective & independent online & offline resource. By making online platforms available we connect Sustainably motivated construction professionals, enthusiasts, manufacturers, homeowners, want-to-be homeowners & homebuilders, home renovators & just about anybody who wants to live better while making an informed & positive impact by choosing the best of Sustainable products, materials, professionals, rebates, & best practices for building, renovating or remodeling homes with Sustainability & Affordability at the forefront. From setting realistic & affordable home related Sustainability goals to what to do, how to do it & which products & techniques help achieve these goals in a Durable & Affordable way.
To this aim, The Ecohome Network team researches hundreds of product categories & construction techniques for the purposes of providing education & helping interested construction professionals & non-professionals alike. We also do our best to entertain in the process!
In contrast to many other Sustainable or Green Building websites, The Ecohome Network includes many individuals with actual hands-on construction experience & qualifications who design, assess, assist in certifying, act as Consultants & accredited Experts & who actively participate in the construction & remodeling of Sustainable homes worldwide. In other words, we don’t just talk about it – we actually get our hands dirty, get out there & do it! (Which we're rather proud of...)
This is the depth of knowledge to be discovered in The Ecohome Network.
The Ecohome Network also has an ongoing program of helping design & build cutting-edge Sustainable homes – putting theory into practice & pushing the boundaries of Sustainable construction. A non-exhaustive list of previous & current projects includes:
- Habitat for Humanity housing in QC
- The Kenogami House in Saguenay QC, recipient of the Home of a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder Media®
- Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home, & the World’s second - The Edelweiss House by Ecohome®
Described by Canada Green Building Council President Thomas Mueller as "A phenomenal achievement"
- LEED, Passive House & Zero Energy ready Prefabricated Kit home design & Construction **Underway 2019**
If you feel you might be a good fit for The Ecohome Network, are a committed Sustainable construction professional or Eco-minded individual who feels they may have useful skills to help further The Ecohome Network's goals, contact us on [email protected]
Our content & commercial transparency
While the data & content found on The Ecohome Network is entirely its own (unless otherwise noted), we also include references from other renowned sources on sustainable building where appropriate.
We research everything we can think of that has to do with sustainable living to help & motivate everyone who lives in a home to live in a better home. As such, we also include industry expert insights at our discretion where available & back-up this information with data.
We may publish articles on innovative products or technologies, or feature home builders, designers or projects whom we think gets it right. We do this to share valuable information; we are generally not compensated for these stories, but we, or someone who is a part of The Ecohome Network, may have a direct or indirect commercial connection with featured products, professionals or projects. Notwithstanding, our aim is to always provide objective content, which is why the platform includes the opportunity for open discussions on any subject covered.
How The Ecohome Network makes money
The Ecohome Network is a free resource for Visitors as per our Terms of Service.
The Ecohome Network may at any time decide to operate as a “for profit” a “not for profit” or an altruistic organisation in any geographic location in respecting the local regulations applicable to the structure chosen and persuant to their commercial licensing agreement for using the Syseco platform.
In addition to these free services, we may work with construction professionals in paid relationships by offering Augmented Member Services for those who wish to commercially promote their work or products on The Ecohome Network. To ensure our Sustainability goals are maintained, Professionals wishing to be commercially listed on The Ecohome Network will be vetted by our team & go through a Sustainability Criteria Assessment before Augmented Member Services subscriptions are validated. The Ecohome Network reserves the right to set or change the qualifying criteria for acceptance of Augmented Member Services subscriptions, and their decision is final in deciding who promotes what on The Ecohome Network.
The Ecohome Network may also work with Manufacturers & Suppliers who have credible Sustainable manufacturing & product performance goals & achievements - & we enable transparency for those companies by allowing them to showcase independent projects, assessments & certification of products – with sponsored listing placements for products or services pertinent to featured projects & articles.
Commercially sponsored placements will be marked as such as will remunerative relationships which may be described as Official or Exclusive Partner Programs. As an Amazon Associate we may also earn from qualifying purchases.
Manufacturers & Suppliers may also choose to supply product for inclusion in Ecohome projects for assessment at beneficial rates &/or enter into a discounted product promotional relationship with The Ecohome Network – including in the form of exclusive Member offers which may or may not be targeted at The Ecohome Network's discretion based on Visitor habits & demographics as laid out in our Terms of Service & Privacy policies.
The Ecohome Network reserves the right to enter into other mutually beneficial business relationships at their discretion.
Recommendations & guidance in The Ecohome Network online domains are not made with compensated relationships in mind, but rather in the spirit of being “The Ecohome Network – the Sustainable building network where everyone wins.tm”
Questions? Let us know at [email protected]