The ECO Built Home
Hello! Welcome to my world!
If you share the same passion as I do on finding and exploring economically and ecologically feasible ideas for your home, you’ve come to the right place.
This blog is about documenting my journey of building a highly energy efficient home just north of Toronto, Ontario (in the Town of Markham), and the choices (some easy, some hard) we have had to make in the selection of materials and systems to use.
Our primary objective was to see just how feasible the idea of an ECOnomical and ECOlogical home is, while making as few sacrifices as possible in making it a luxury home. This was about changing the way homes are built, not the way we live.
Our goal was to have this house achieve net-zero energy status, that is, generate as much energy as consumed over the course of a year. This is no small feat for a house of this size, and all the more challenging given the colder climate conditions this far north and the energy needed to keep the house warm, but various design elements of this house will help us in achieving the goal. To the best of our knowledge, this will be the largest net-zero energy house in Canada, and only the 3rd project to do so in the Greater Toronto Area (the other two being CMHC sponsored under the EQuilibrium Housing Initiative).
This house was featured in the Toronto Star on June 26, 2010, and can be found at