EkoBuilt News & Happenings, Healthy Living

Join us at the Healthy Brain and Body Show

This inspirational show has returned to Ottawa for a third year, and we’re really looking forward to being there this coming weekend. Focused on everything related to health and wellness, the show will feature more than 100 booths, speakers, demos, sample and more.

Free to attend, this event supports H.E.L.P, helping our military and first responders affected by PTSD. Donations will be accepted at the door.

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Ottawa home builder EkoBuilt at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show 2017
EkoBuilt News & Happenings, Healthy Living

Save the date: Where you can meet with EkoBuilt this spring

Heading towards spring, we want to be sure you are aware of the show schedule for EkoBuilt, as well as our next planned open house at the EkoModel Home just west of Ottawa.

Ottawa Home & Garden Show
EY Centre, Ottawa
March 21 – 24, 2019

(And yes, we’ll have tickets to giveaway for that show closer to the time!)

Spring EkoModel Home Open House
96 Libbys Road, McNab/Braeside, ON K7S 0E1
Sat, April 6, 2019
9am – 3pm

Healthy Brain and Body Show
EY Centre, Ottawa
May 4 – 5, 2019 (FREE)

Live the Smart Way
RA Centre, Ottawa
May 11 – 12, 2019 (Tickets $5 and help to support The Royal Mental Health – Care and Research)

Do let us know what you’re planning to attend, we’d love to see you there.

Healthy Living, Home Building trends

Even small homes need Heat Recovery Ventilation systems

A recent article in The Ottawa Citizen advised against installing an HRV in a small home – we disagree.

The author maintains that “The cost of losing precious living space to the HRV itself and to the air ducts is just too high given the benefits that an HRV offers in a small space like yours.” We disagree on a couple of counts:

In the first instance, every house built in Ontario since January 2017, regardless of size, has required an HRV. It’s not an option, it’s a legal requirement!

In the second, the article’s author also maintains that “Opening a window or two a little and running exhaust fans more often and longer will also push stale air outdoors and bring fresh air in.”

We don’t understand why someone in even the smallest house would want to regularly naturally ventilate their home in the winter because it will cost more to continually heat the cold air that keeps being introduced. A big part of building tiny is to save money not to spend more.

Lunos HRV unitThere is, in fact, an HRV for every application.

The Lunos system is a 90% efficient heat recovery system designed for small spaces. Many passive homes use this system: http://www.lunoscanada.com/index.html

The Lunos HRV uses the wall cavity so no extra space is required in a utility room.

If you live in Ontario and are building a new home, you are required to have an HRV system. Make sure you get the right one for the size of your home.

 

 

Garden shed and garage organization videos
Healthy Living

Video tutorials for organizing your garden shed and garage

Heading into the long weekend that marks the end of summer, you may have more than just a bit of a last hurrah on your mind. If you’re staying closer to home, you may find that you’d like to tackle an outdoor job before also indulging in some fun and relaxation.

Ottawa’s weather forecast is looking a little iffy beyond Saturday, so for the remainder of the weekend, a quick project in the garage or your garden shed could be just the thing!

A little garden shed inspiration

Small space storage project for lawn mower and tools

Garage cleaning & storage ideas

Spring or fall, it doesn’t matter; it may be high time to purge, clean and get organized in your garage. Ignore the plug for the power washer here (though you may need to use one!), and instead notice the principles around a deep clean, and a cool beam system for storage containers.

A new life for your garage floor

Total garage storage – planning and makeover steps

Here’s to a great long weekend, and an organized start to the fall!

 

Photo by Taduuda on Unsplash

Ottawa tiny house community
Healthy Living

Calling All Citizens! Calling All Citizens!

If you’re not already in a community you will WANT to consider this and if you are in a suburban community you will REALLY WANT to consider this. If you are not in a community at all, you will APPRECIATE this…

As humans, we are naturally social creatures hard wired to engage with people in one form or another. With modern technology, this engagement is increasingly less than in the past. But we stand to gain so much when we come together.

Our vision of an EkoCommunity is a vibrant community that has the flexibility build in for as much, or as little, privacy as its members want, and where there is shared satisfaction in living in a supremely comfortable and healthy home.

There is an amazing side benefit to living in a shared community: it’s actually a much more economical way to live! With rising land costs, our cost-of-living (or the cost of our dreams of living on more land) has shot through the roof! With a shared community property, these costs are brought back down to ‘normal’. The cost of a commonly shared building is usually included.

Communities of the 21st-century should be communities that share a piece of land and are either net zero or self sustainable:

Net zero – a home that produces the same amount of energy as it uses (usually with solar panels);
Self sustainable – off grid with community owned energy production systems that are, of course, sources of renewable energy.

Living in a shared community, free of energy dependence (off-the-grid) and affordably, is surely a great way to go forward. The best part is, most cities and townships accept these types of communities with open arms, as long as the property is zoned residential, of course!

What is your vision of a designed community?

It does take a particular group of people to come together and decide on a property and a general style of home/buildings, but when people agree, great things happen!

We’re here to help if you can see the way to finding you group and making it happen. Add your name to our EkoCommunities list, and we can help connect you with like minded folks! We’ve also got the home technology and plans to help you see your vision through.

Ottawa passive house by EkoBuilt
Healthy Living

EkoBuilt featured in Capital Magazine

A nice overview of Passive House offerings in the Ottawa area featuring EkoBuilt has been published in the current issue of Capital, the magazine of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and business community. The article by Matt Curtis appears on page 22.

It’s great to see this kind of coverage and we’re delighted that EkoBuilt’s Trillium model is featured in the article’s picture.

Quick links

Article from Capital Magazine on passive house builders in Ottawa

Healthy Brain & Body Show
Healthy Living

Ottawa set to host The Healthy Brain and Body Show

The Healthy Brain and Body Show is coming to the EY Centre in Ottawa on April 22 – 23, 2017. The show will focus on total health, allowing participants to discover innovative products and services. The hope is that anyone who attends will leave the show feeling inspired!

The show will present expert speakers on nutrition, energy, wellness and related topics;  100+ booths; demos; samples; and interactive exhibits. Other highlights include:

  • The Functional Training Academy will be holding TRX demos every 30 minutes at the show! TRX Training draws on leading-edge research and best practices from the military, pro sports, and academic institutions. It is a great workout and a whole lot of fun. Drop by and try it for free!
  • Demos running the gamut from massage to makeovers – plan to leave the show feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!
  • A beautifully lit, quiet meditation area run by Simply Meditation, a not-for-profit in Ottawa who have a simple mission: to make meditation accessible to anyone, anywhere.
  • Nutritious and delicious food tastings.
  • Escape Manor will be setting up a cage in the show! You must work together as a team and use your brains and instincts to figure out a way to escape. Put your skills to the test with this super fun activity as you take a break from shopping. The cage is only $5!

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door in support of H.E.L.P, an organization which helps military and first responders affected by PTSD.

The most important relationship in our lives is the one we have with ourselves. My vision for The Healthy Brain and Body Show is to create a place where people can come together and learn how their mental, emotional and physical health are intimately interconnected and affect each other profoundly.
Sarah Roberts – Co Founder of The Show

We’ll be attending the show and look forward to seeing you there!

Click for full details of The Healthy Brain and Body Show.