Posts Tagged ‘ecohome.net’

The best tiny house we’ve seen so far

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication
into the mix.

By Mike Reynolds


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The Systems

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Strategy

Energy efficiency is a big topic, and at times a rather convoluted one. It takes energy to heat and light a house, it takes energy to cook and wash in a house, it takes energy to manufacture and transport materials to build a house. So, if you want to create a house with a reduced energy/carbon footprint, there are a lot of ways to do that.

By Mike Reynolds

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The Interior

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Using low-impact materials that are also healthier for occupants was a priority in design. Wherever possible products containing contaminants were avoided, aiming for low and zero Volatile Organic Compound [VOC] surface finishes, as well sourcing products that were free of formaldehyde. Durability was also a priority, so for surfaces in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms, materials that are more resistant to water and moisture damage were chosen. Here is a quick rundown of some notable products we used and some of their origins.

By Emmanuel Cosgrove

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The Design Philosophy

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design a home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on par with those homes in construction cost.

By Mike Reynolds

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A final word from the builders

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

From design all the way through to completion, this was a very rewarding and challenging
project, as we’re sure any of the builders on our team would attest to.

By Mike Reynolds and Emmanuel Cosgrove

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Rigid foam panels are not all the same

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Learn where and how they are best used

With increasing attention put on thermal bridging in construction, rigid foam is finding its way into more and more homes, but which one should you use?

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The ecohome Demo House update

Friday, July 10th, 2015

STAGE THREE:Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem.

BY MIKE REYNOLDS

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How to install cladding so your walls can dry

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to allow the control layers - like your vapour barrier, air barriers and insulation to do their jobs without being assaulted by wind, precipitation and UV rays.


By Mike Reynolds

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The Ecohome Demo House

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Stage One: Slab-on-grade construction

The Ecohome Demonstration House is well underway, the following page chronicles the first stage of constuction, building the slab-on-grade. The house is oriented facing south to maximize passive solar heat gain in winter, but will be shaded in the summer by deciduous trees, wall mounted sun shades and a large overhang to prevent overheating.


By Mike Reynolds

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Tips from the field

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A builder expert’s essentials for a green home or reno

“Green” has been a buzzword over the last few decades. We are bombarded with reality TV shows, websites, magazines and product descriptions that often give conflicting information about their green claims. For builders, sorting through these conflicting claims can be challenging. For home owners, it’s worse. It can be both confusing and discouraging.

By Roy Nandram

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