The Ice Box Challenge compares Passive House construction to standard code-built construction by measuring the volume of melted ice after weeks in the sun.

Vancouver tests Passive House performance with the Ice Box Challenge

Kitchen counter alternatives to pressed wood: composite paper, aluminum, recycled porcelain, glass and quartz. Here is a look at their durability and cost.

New options for kitchen counters

This hurricane-proof home can withstand a 200 mph impact.

Hurricane-proof home

Solutions for preventing and eliminating some common pests and insects.

Removing insects and rodents from your home

How to choose and properly size a solar home battery system

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

Whether you are renovating or building a new home, our categorized guide pages can help you through the process. We have something for all projects, from location and design to finishing and landscaping.

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The Ice Box Challenge compares Passive House construction to standard code-built construction by measuring the volume of melted ice after weeks in the sun...
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Hurricane proof home
This hurricane-proof home can withstand a 200 mph impact...
Carpenter ants
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Lithium-ion solar home battery
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Recycled building materials
Finding used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers..
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Crawlspace radon barrier
Removing radon gas from existing basements and crawlspaces can be very effective, here are different options for different situations...
Insulating crawlspaces
Crawlspaces are very rare as part of a new home construction. There is a reason for that - they serve very little purpose. If you've got one here's how to fix it. ..
Dual axis solar tracker
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Cleaning HRV intakes
Cleaning your heat recovery ventilation equipment will extend the lifespan and prevent imbalances in air pressure...